Arno Holz

Holz, Arno

 

Born Apr. 26, 1863, in Rastenburg; died Oct. 26, 1929, in Berlin. German writer and literary critic.

With the collection of poems The Book of the Time (1886) Holz demonstrated an interest in sharp social contrasts. Together with J. Schlaf he published the collection of naturalistic short stories Papa Hamlet (1889; Holz used the pen name Bjarne P. Holmsen), the drama The Selicke Family (1890), and the collection of essays New Tracks (1892). Holz formulated the theoretical basis of naturalism in his work Art, Its Essence and Its Laws (vols. 1–2, 1891–92). Phantasus (parts 1–2, 1898–99), which is a narrative poem on cosmogonic themes, and such dramas as The Unknowable (1913) represent a turn to mysticism and expresionism.

WORKS

Werke, vols. 1–7. Neuwied am Rhein-Berlin, 1961–64.

REFERENCES

Istoriia nemetskoi literatury, vol. 4. Moscow, 1968. Pages 241–46.
Mehring, F. “Delo Gol’tsa.” In his book Literaturno-kriticheskie stat’i. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964. (Translated from German.)
Berthold, S. Der sogenannte “Konsequente Naturalismus” von A. Holz und J. Schlaf (dissertation). Bonn, 1967.
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In addition to Linda Simonis and Wilson, Gesine Schiewer's investigation of a tale by Arno Holz and Johannes Schlaf about familial rape is intriguing in its highlighting of the "literary" in a narrative where one might expect legal or daily discourse.
Casting his net more widely, Hettche provides a nicely differentiated summary of the three major currents in 'Grossstadtlyrik um 1890': the older poets of the Grunderzeit, Arno Holz and the Naturalists, and the Viennese Ferdinand von Saar.
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During the following seasons, Brahm's presentations included an important naturalist drama dealing with a degenerate family, Die Familie selicke (1890) by Arno Holz, as well as plays by Leo Tolstoy, Emile Zola, and August Strindberg.