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German – A Brief Overview, Part 3, Literature


German Literature

German literature comprises a monumental body of work written in Germany itself, as well German-speaking Austria and Switzerland. Its production spans almost two millennia, starting with works produced in the Middle High German period of the High Middle Ages. Remarkable, among an impressive collection, are the works of the Enlightenment and the Weimar Classicism which produced masterpieces by world renowned authors like Goethe and Schiller. German literature produced thirteen Nobelists in little more than a century. Among them are: Thomas Mann (1929), Heinrich Böll (1972), and Günther Grass (1999).

A relevant German proverb:

“Words are good, when works follow.” 

13 German-Speaking Literature Nobel Prize Winners

  1. 2009, Herta Müller, born in Romania
  2. 2004, Elfriede Jelinek, born in Austria
  3. 1999, Günter Grass, born in then Free City of Danzig, now Poland
  4. 1981, Elias Canetti, born in Bulgaria
  5. 1972, Heinrich Böll
  6. 1966, Nelly Sachs
  7. 1946, Herman Hesse
  8. 1929, Thomas Mann
  9. 1919, Carl Spitteler, born in Switzerland
  10. 1912, Gerhart Hauptmann, born in then Prussia, now Poland
  11. 1910, Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse
  12. 1908, Rudolf Christoph Eucken
  13. 1902, Theodor Mommsen, born in then Denmark

Posted September 13, 2014

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