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 Witiko. 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 …
Macleod, Catriona. "Adalbert Stifter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2004
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