Wilhelm Raabe: Der Hungerpastor [The Hunger Pastor] (1001 words)


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Wilhelm Raabe’s (1831-1910) Der Hungerpastor [The Hunger Pastor], composed 1862-63 and published first in serial form in the Deutsche Roman-Zeitschrift [1863-64] before appearing in book format [1864], counts as the author’s “most famous novel” (Sammons 20). Translated already during his lifetime into Dutch and English (later into a number of other European languages), it appears to have offered much financial stability for the author over the course of four decades after its initial printing. Raabe famously lamented his economic insecurity as a professional author and on more than one occasion remarked on the fortuitous afterlife of especially this novel, which offset his concerns. Written during his time …

Citation: Malakaj, Ervin. "Der Hungerpastor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35250, accessed 22 October 2020.]

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