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Gustav Frenssen

Gustav Frenssen

German writer
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Intro German writer
Countries Germany
Occupations Writer
Gender male
Birth 19 October 1863 (Barlt)
Death 11 April 1945 (Barlt)
Star sign Libra
Politics National-Social Association
Education Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Kiel, University of Tübingen
Gustav Frenssen
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Biography

Gustav Frenssen (19 October 1863 – 11 April 1945) was a German novelist. He wrote patriotically about his native country and promoted Heimatkunst (regionalism) in literature.

Biography

Frenssen was born in the village of Barlt, in the Duchy of Holstein. He was educated at the universities of Tübingen, Berlin and Kiel. He took orders and from 1892 to 1902 was pastor at Hemme, taking his degree as doctor of theology at Heidelberg in 1903. But he had already for some years been known as a writer of novels, and in 1902, a year after his great success with Jörn Uhl (1901), he gave up his pastorate and devoted all his time to literature.

In his later years, he abandoned Christianity because Christian morals were in conflict with his racialism. Instead, he turned to a form of Germanic Neopaganism which also suited his liberal views on sexuality.

Writings

  • Dorfpredigten ("Village Sermons", 1899–1902; Vandenhoed & Ruprecht, Göttingen; the 1900 cover page indicates that he was pastor in Hemme, Holstein)
  • Jörn Uhl (1901)
  • Die Sandgräfin (1895, 3rd ed. 1902)
  • Die drei Getreuen (1898)
  • Das Heimatsfest, a play (1903)
  • Hilligenlei ("Holyland", 1905)
  • Peter Moor's Fahrt nach Süd-West (1906)
  • Klaus Henrich Baas (1909)
  • Sönke Erichsen, a play (1912)
  • Die Brüder (1918)
  • Der Pastor von Poggsee ("The Pastor of Poggsee", 1921)
  • Otto Babendiek ("The Anvil")
  • Grübeleien, observations (3 vols.)
  • Recht oder Unrecht: Mein Land, a defense of Germany's actions in World War II ("Right or Wrong: My Country," the title is also a popular saying, cf. patriotism; 1940)
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http://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb12197137s
http://isni.org/isni/0000000110597654
http://purl.org/pressemappe20/folder/pe/005537
http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/ark:/99166/w6bg4dxb
https://authority.bibsys.no/authority/rest/authorities/html/90062690
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb12197137s
https://d-nb.info/gnd/118535269
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n86113633
https://kopkatalogs.lv/F?func=direct&local_base=lnc10&doc_number=000010611&P_CON_LNG=ENG
https://libris.kb.se/auth/187442
https://viaf.org/viaf/44344883
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