A major figure in German Poetic Realism, Adalbert Stifter is known for his numerous novellas, among them the collection

Bunte Steine


Colored Stones

], and for the novels

Der Nachsommer


Indian Summer

] and


. His adult life, always torn between art and financial necessity, was divided into two periods: two decades spent in Vienna, and two in the provincial town of Linz, where he settled into a career as a schools administrator.

Stifter was born on 23 October 1805 in the tiny market town of Oberplan, Austria (today the Czech town of Horni-Planá), the eldest child of linen weavers and merchants Johann and Magdalena Stifter. (Stifter in later life gave his birth year as 1806, because his parents were married only two months before his birth.) Along with four other siblings, his maternal

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Citation: Macleod, Catriona. "Adalbert Stifter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5413, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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