One of the most successful and influential authors in the history of sixteenth-century German literature was, apart from the Nuremberg poet Hans Sachs (1494–1576), the Alsatian playwright and novelist Georg Wickram, perhaps best known today for his collection of short jest narratives, or

Schwänke

, his

Rollwagenbüchlein

from 1555, which was reprinted in fifteen new editions until the end of the sixteenth century, and then at least four more times in the seventeenth century (1602, 1607, 1654, and 1665). Wickram deeply influenced the development of the entire genre of

Schwänke

well into the modern age, but he was also a successful author of Shrovetide plays, novels, didactic works, and the editor of a major German translation of Ovid’s

Metamorphoses

by Albrecht von Halberstadt from…

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Georg Wickram". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 May 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15066, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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