Top 20 Novelist celebrities in Germany
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Novelist celebrities [Updated June 6, 2023].
Cornelia Funke was born
on December 10, 1958
in Dorsten, Germany.
In addition to Inkheart and other adventure series, she also wrote several stand-alone books, including The Thief Lord, Dragonrider, and When Santa Fell to Earth.
Net Worth 2020: $20 Million
Jacob Grimm was born
on January 4, 1785
in Hanau, Germany.
One half of the Brothers Grimm, he and his brother Wilhelm co-wrote fairytales such as Hansel and Gretel and Snow White. His best-known works include Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Grimms' Fairy Tales) and Deutsche Mythologie. A noted philologist in addition to a mythologist, he also published the Deutsches Wörterbuch, a comprehensive German dictionary.
He taught at the University of Berlin beginning in 1840.
Erich Maria Remarque was born
on June 22, 1898
in Osnabruck, Germany.
He wrote the screenplay for the 1955 Austrian film, The Last Act, which recounts Adolf Hitler's final days.
Karl May was born
on February 25, 1842
He waited until late in his life to visit the exotic places featured in his literary works.
Hugo Dittberner was born
on November 16, 1944
His most well known literary works include the novels Kurzurlaub (1976) and Jacobs Sieg (1979); the poetry collections Ruhe Hinter Gardinen (1980) and Der Tisch unter den Wolken (1986); and the essay collection Atem Holen (2006). He became a member of such prominent literary organizations as PEN International-Germany and the German Writers' Union.
Heinrich Mann was born
on March 27, 1871
His 1905 novel Professor Unrat was adapted into a film starring Marlene Dietrich
Heinrich Böll was born
on December 21, 1917
in Cologne, Germany.
His works have been translated into thirty languages.
Gunter Grass was born
on October 16, 1927
He is best known for his Danzig Trilogy, which includes The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, and Dog Years.
Bettina Von Arnim was born
on April 4, 1785
in Frankfurt, Germany.
She had an unrequited love for the famous writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; their friendship was cut short when she began engaging in jealous behavior toward Goethe's wife.
Thea Von Harbou was born
on December 27, 1888
in Dohlau, Germany.
The wife of filmmaker Fritz Lang and an accomplished author in her own right, she wrote The Wandering Image, A Weary Death, and other screenplays. She also had a career as an actress and director.
A political activist as well as a writer, she opposed Germany's Paragraph 218, a law that outlawed abortions.
Wilhelm Grimm was born
on February 24, 1786
in Hanau, Germany.
One half of The Brothers Grimm alongside his brother Jacob Grimm. The brothers are known for their beloved fairy tales such as Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel. Their best known publication is titled Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales).
Many of the stories of The Brothers Grimm, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, were later adapted into animated films by the Walt Disney Company.
Theodor Storm was born
on September 14, 1817
He was greatly influenced by the work of poet Joseph von Eichendorff.
Martin Walser was born
on March 24, 1927
He was the subject of controversy in 2007 when it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Nazi party.
Gerhart Hauptmann was born
on November 15, 1862
His 1889 play, Before Dawn, began a movement toward naturalism in German literature.
Bel Kaufman was born
on May 10, 1911
She was born in Germany and grew up speaking Russian and German. She didn't start learning English until the age of twelve, when her family immigrated to the United States.
Arno Schmidt was born
on January 18, 1914
He had a cynical view of the world: in Schwarze Spiegel, he painted a picture of his personal Utopia as a post-apocalyptic place devoid of human life.
Christa Wolf was born
on March 18, 1929
She was a member of The Socialist Unity Party of Germany from 1949-1989, and she worked as an informant for three of these years.
Ludwig Tieck was born
on May 31, 1773
He held a literary position in Dresden's Court Theatre beginning in 1825.
Sophie Von Laroche was born
on December 6, 1730
Her novels often featured moral instruction for young women on how to live.
Theodor Fontane was born
on December 30, 1819
His long-lasting career as a theatrical critic began in 1870.