Johannes Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1929 words)

Alfred D. White (University of Wales, Cardiff)
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That Germany suddenly – amid the varying literary and social influences of the late seventeenth century, when refined baroque hommes de lettres aped classical styles from ancient Rome and modern France, whereas the common people were only slowly recovering from the devastation of the Thirty Years’ War – should produce a pulsating novel of ordinary life during that war, fit to stand alongside the contemporary products of France, Spain and England, must be a quirk of history. Grimmelshausen shot to prominence with that novel of 1669, Der abentheurliche Simplicissimus Teutsch [Adventurous Simplicissimus, German]. Simplicissimus has since recognised as the first literary work in German that …

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White, Alfred D.. "Johannes Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 June 2005
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