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Lion Feuchtwanger


FEUCHTWANGER, LION (1884 ), German writer, was born in Munich on July 7, 1884, of a Jewish family, his father being a manufacturer. He studied philosophy in Berlin and Munich but early devoted himself to literature. His first works were dramatic pieces, original or translations; Die Perser (Aeschylus) (1915) ; Vasantasena (1915) ; Friede (Aristophanes) (1916) ; Kriegsge f angenen (1916) ; Thomas Wendt (dramatic novel, 1919) ; Der holldndische Kaufmann (192 ) . He broke new ground in 1923 with a remarkable historical novel of Margarete Maultasch, duchess of Tirol (Die hdssliche Herzogin; English trans. The Ugly Duchess 1927) in which the life of 14th century Tirol was reproduced with great dramatic force. Jud Suss (1925, English trans. Jew Suss 1927) a novel of 18th century Germany was more remarkable. The background was rich, the central figure drawn with power, the story most moving. Feuchtwanger's later works include Angelsachsische Trilogie (1927) ; Eduard II. drama (1925); Wetcheeks amerikanisches Liederbuch (1927), poems; Success, a novel (1930) ; Josephus, historical romance (1932).

In Dr. Feuchtwanger was expelled from Germany and de prived of his German citizenship.

novel and dramatic