German author Cornelia Funke was born in Dorsten, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, on December 10, 1958. Through her extensive literary output, especially in the field of fantasy novels, Funke has gained an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 37 languages to date. TIME Magazine rated her the most influential German citizen alive and one of the 100 most influential people on the planet in 2005. The now Los Angeles-based Funke enjoys a particularly strong reputation in the United States, where she has been a permanent resident since 2005. Originally a book illustrator by education, Funke took up writing, working as a screenwriter first (e.g. for the TV series Siebenstein), prior to turning to novel writing.…
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Szurawitzki, Michael. "Cornelia Caroline Funke". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 December 2011
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