Heinrich Böll

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  • Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)

“As long as there is a German literature, he will be remembered with respect and gratitude.” These words were written by the German literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki in his eulogy for Heinrich Böll upon his death in July 1985. Böll, one of Germany's best known and most popular post-war authors, provided his readers with a critical, moral and humanistic perspective on contemporary Germany and her Nazi past through his fictional works, speeches and essays. Translated into more than 35 languages, his works have given the reading public around the globe a unique insight into German society and culture.

Heinrich Böll was born as the third of five children to Viktor and Maria Böll, née Hermanns, on 21 December 1917, …

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Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Heinrich Böll". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=201, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Articles on Böll's works

  1. Ansichten eines Clowns [The Clown]
  2. Billard um halbzehn [Billiards at Half-past Nine]
  3. Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum [The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum]
  4. Gruppenbild mit Dame [Group Portrait with Lady]
  5. Und sagte kein einziges Wort [And Never Said a Word / Acquainted with the Night]
  6. Wanderer, kommst du nach Spa… [Stranger, Bear Word to the Spartans We. . .]
  7. Wo warst du, Adam? [Where were You, Adam? / Adam, Where Art Thou?]

Related Groups

  1. Nobel Prize-winners