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Famous Novelists from Germany

Updated October 13, 2018 4.5k views216 items

List of notable or famous novelists from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Germany and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Germany is included when available.

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This historic novelists from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Germany?" These prominent novelists of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German novelists.

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    Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel (born August 14, 1947) is an American writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career... more on Wikipedia

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Dec. at 83 (1749-1832)

    BirthplaceFree City of Frankfurt

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn... more on Wikipedia

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    Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Sylvia Plath

    Dec. at 31 (1932-1963)

    BirthplaceJamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Charles Bukowski

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceAndernach, Germany

    Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Mary Astor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Mary Astor

    Dec. at 81 (1906-1987)

    BirthplaceQuincy, USA, Illinois

    Mary Astor (born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke; May 3, 1906 – September 25, 1987) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Henry Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Henry Miller

    Dec. at 89 (1891-1980)

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York

    Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Dec. at 51 (1875-1926)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Hanns Heinz Ewers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Hanns Heinz Ewers

    Dec. at 72 (1871-1943)

    BirthplaceDüsseldorf, Germany

    Hanns Heinz Ewers (3 November 1871 – 12 June 1943) was a German actor, poet, philosopher, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Karl May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Karl May

    Dec. at 70 (1842-1912)

    BirthplaceHohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany

    Karl Friedrich May ( MY; German: [maɪ]; 25 February 1842 – 30 March 1912) was a German writer... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Hermann Hesse

    Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Louise Erdrich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    BirthplaceLittle Falls, Minnesota

    Louise Erdrich (born Karen Louise Erdrich, June 7, 1954) is an American author, writer of... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Betty Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Betty Smith

    Dec. at 76 (1896-1972)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Betty Smith (born Elisabeth Lillian Wehner; December 15, 1896 – January 17, 1972) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Theodore Dreiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Theodore Dreiser

    Dec. at 74 (1871-1945)

    BirthplaceTerre Haute, Indiana

    Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (; August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Heinz Günther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Heinz Günther

    Dec. at 78 (1921-1999)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    Heinz G. Konsalik, pseudonym of Heinz Günther (May 28, 1921 – October 2, 1999) was a German... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    L. Frank Baum

    Dec. at 63 (1856-1919)

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, New York, United States of America, Madison County, Chittenango

    Lyman Frank Baum (; May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author chiefly famous for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

    Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, (7 May 1927 – 3 April 2013) was a German-born British and American... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Annette von Droste-Hülshoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

    Dec. at 51 (1797-1848)

    BirthplaceHavixbeck, Germany

    Anna Elisabeth Franziska Adolphine Wilhelmine Louise Maria, Freiin von Droste zu Hülshoff,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Hans Peter Richter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Hans Peter Richter

    Dec. at 68 (1925-1993)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    Hans Peter Richter was a German author. He was born in Cologne, Germany, went to school in... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Anita Desai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    BirthplaceMussoorie, India

    Anita Desai, born Anita Mazumdar (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and the Emerita... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Lois Wyse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Lois Wyse

    Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Lois Wyse (October 30, 1926 – July 6, 2007) was an American advertising executive, author and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Hermann Schmid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Hermann Schmid

    Hermann Schmid may refer to Hermann von Schmid (1815–1880), Austrian-German novelist Hermann... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Denis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Denis Hale Johnson (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017) was an American writer best known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Arno Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Arno Schmidt

    Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Arno Schmidt (18 January 1914 – 3 June 1979) was a German author and translator. He is little... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Alfred Döblin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany

    Alfred Döblin

    Dec. at 79 (1878-1957)

    BirthplaceSzczecin, Poland

    Bruno Alfred Döblin (10 August 1878 – 26 June 1957) was a German novelist, essayist, and... more on Wikipedia
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