Rolf Hochhuth

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The German writer Rolf Hochhuth holds a peculiar position in cultural history. By some measures, he is one of the most successful dramatists of modern times, a literary figure with great import in the real world of history and politics, and a traditional dramatist who brought historical truth, moral principle, and belief in individual responsibility and modern tragedy to a stage dominated by absurdism, “mass man”, and essentially non-dramatic documentary and epic drama. On the other hand, his controversial views have often been angrily challenged, critics have called his essays tedious and repetitive and his plays bombastic, overly ideological and weak in organization and character development, and literary historians have largely …

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Saur, Pamela S.. "Rolf Hochhuth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2011
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