Probably the best-known and influential journalist of the Weimar Republic, Kurt Tucholsky displayed a mastery of various literary forms, all of which he employed in his harsh critique of German society. Widely recognized thanks to numerous reissues and translations of his work, Tucholsky has come to symbolize for many the best in independent critical opinion writing.

Tucholsky was born on 9 January 1890 in Berlin and grew up in Stettin (Szczecin, Poland). The eldest son of a well-off banker to whom he was close, Tucholsky had a difficult relationship with his mother even after his father's unexpected death in 1905. He completed his secondary schooling in Berlin, and then pursued legal studies in Berlin, Geneva, and Jena where h…

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Skidmore, James M.. "Kurt Tucholsky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 November 2007
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