Max von der Grün

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  • Steven W. Lawrie (University of Aberdeen)

Max von der Grün's name has come to be associated with the concept of working-class literature, a compartmentalisation which the author always resisted. Although initially he wrote poetry, von der Grün soon abandoned that genre in favour of the novel. In his novels von der Grün consistently deals with the milieu with which he himself was familiar, drawing heavily on his own experiences. His works are generally set in a working-class or lower middle-class environment and have as their central character a male protagonist with clear biographical parallels to the novelist himself. The novels are not remarkable for their narrative technique and are to a large extent written in the tradition of 19th-century realism, whereby the novelist …

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Lawrie, Steven W.. "Max von der Grün". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 June 2005
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