Patrick Süskind

Jeffrey T. Adams (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
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After spending the 1970s writing what he has characterized as “short unpublished prose pieces and longer un-produced screenplays”, Patrick Süskind was catapulted to fame in the 1980s by the monodrama

Der Kontrabass


The Double Bass

, 1981], which became an instant success and a favourite of the German stage. In 1985 his status as literary


was confirmed with the publication of the novel

Das Parfüm. Die Geschichte eines Mörders


Perfume. The Story of a Murderer

], which quickly topped the European best-seller list and eventually sold millions of copies worldwide. Collaborations with Helmut Dietl on scripts for the popular TV series

Monaco Franze

(1983) and

Kir Royal

(1986) further enhanced Süskind's fame. While not as successful as his previous works, Süskind's subsequent…

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Citation: Adams, Jeffrey T.. "Patrick Süskind". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2004 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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