Arno Schmidt

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Arno Schmidt was one of the most prolific and experimental German authors in the latter half of the twentieth century. A belated avant-garde writer who published his first volume of stories in 1949 at the age of 35, his œuvre in a literary lifespan of three decades comprises nine novels (the last four of which are large-size typescripts), six volumes of stories, four collections of radio essays, numerous newspaper reviews, articles on literary theory as well as a psycho-sexual study of the popular author Karl May and a 700-page biography on the German romantic writer Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. Schmidt was also an indefatigable translator with 22 volumes from English into German to his credit, including works by William …

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Menke, Timm. "Arno Schmidt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2009
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Articles on Schmidt's works

  1. Brand’s Haide. Zwei Erzählungen. Contains Brand’s Haide and Schwarze Spiegel [Brand’s Heath. Dark Mirrors]
  2. Leviathan [Leviathan]