Erich Maria Remarque

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  • Alfred D. White (University of Wales, Cardiff)

Erich Paul Remark, born in Osnabrück on 22 June 1898, son of a foreman printer, had his defining experiences in the German army (1916-18): as a pioneer soldier he worked immediately behind the line on the western front, sometimes under fire, and was wounded. For the next ten years he attempted to adapt reality to his fantasies of being a highly decorated officer and nobleman, justifying his pretensions by making a career successively as primary school teacher, salesman, organist, copywriter and journalist. In 1921 he started using the archaic form of his surname, Remarque, and adopted the middle name Maria (possibly in homage to Rilke). By 1928 he was established in Berlin, a successful magazine editor, married (1925) to Ilse …

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White, Alfred D.. "Erich Maria Remarque". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2005
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]

Articles on Remarque's works

  1. Arc de Triomphe [Arch of Triumph]
  2. Der Funke Leben [Spark of Life ]
  3. Der schwarze Obelisk [The Black Obelisk]
  4. Der Weg zurück [The Road Back]
  5. Die Nacht von Lissabon [The Night in Lisbon]
  6. Im Westen nichts Neues [All Quiet on the Western Front]
  7. Kammerater [Three Comrades]
  8. Liebe deinen Nächsten [Flotsam]
  9. Zeit zu leben und Zeit zu sterben [A Time to Love and a Time to Die]