The poet, playwright and novelist Franz Werfel became first active in early modernism, had a prominent standing among writers of German Expressionism and later wrote best-selling novels which established his international fame. His texts are still read by many around the world.

Franz Viktor Werfel was born in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), on 10 September 1890 as the first child of Albine and Rudolf Werfel, a prosperous glove factory owner. The Werfels were assimilated Jews, and young Franz was not raised in orthodoxy. Later in life, he learned Hebrew and studied the Talmud and the Bible in depth: an influence reflected in many of his works. Like his friends from Prague, Max Brod and Franz Kafka, Werfel never forgot his …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Schweissinger, Marc J.. "Franz Werfel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 April 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5468, accessed 22 July 2014.]

Articles on Werfel's works

  1. Das Lied von Bernadette [The Song of Bernadette]
  2. Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh [The Forty Days of Musa Dagh]
  3. Jacobowsky und der Oberst [Jacobowsky and the Colonel]
  4. Stern der Ungeborenen [The Star of the Unborn]
  5. Verdi. Roman der Oper [Verdi: A Novel of the Opera]