Until the end of the 1970s or 1980s, virtually every German high school student would have been very familiar with at last one short story, or even novel, by Werner Bergengruen. He was a mainstay of German literature, maybe not of the highest caliber, but certainly greatly respected and canonized. Moreover, many of his texts were translated into numerous different languages, which guaranteed him global popularity, perhaps particularly because of his efforts to draw on historical material in order to probe universal issues in human life, undisturbed by contemporary politics.
However, his fortune as a highly respected author has strongly faded since then, although this should not have any consequences for our critical analysis of his literary accomplishments. Some of the reasons for this
Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Werner Bergengruen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 January 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14708, accessed 05 March 2024.]