Heinrich Sohnrey

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Heinrich Sohnrey was a prolific author of regional novels and village tales from the time of Germany’s unification in 1871 through World War II. He was equally active as a social and economic reformer in rural Germany and gained an outstanding reputation for his work in rural welfare in response to the impact of enclosures and urbanization. Sohnrey is associated with German regional literature or Heimatliteratur, and he both admired and was admired by the renowned Austrian author of village fiction, Peter Rosegger. At times Sohnrey is also associated with the Nazi-sanctioned Blut-und-Boden-Literatur (blood and soil fiction). This association is debatable and reflects the …

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Lewis, Virginia L.. "Heinrich Sohnrey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2008
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