Wilhelm Busch

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Busch, Wilhelm


Born Apr. 15, 1832, in Wiedensahl, Lower Saxony; died Jan. 9, 1908, in Mechtshausen, also in Lower Saxony. German poet and artist.

Busch was a shopkeeper’s son. He studied at the Academies of Arts in Düsseldorf (1851-52), Antwerp (1852), and Munich (1854). He was the author of the popular children’s book Max and Moritz (1865; Russian translation, 1890). Writing from a liberal point of view, he criticized German life, especially that of the clergy, in his verse satires The Life of St. Anthony of Padua (1870; Russian translation, 1923), Pious Helen (1872), and Pater Filucius (1873). In his illustrations for his own poems Busch, with incisive observation and humor, has left us vivid impressions of prototypes of German philistines, their self-satisfaction, and their hypocrisy.


Sämtliche Werke, vols. 1-8. Munich, 1943.
In Russian translation:
Veselye rasskazy pro shutki i prokazy. St. Petersburg-Moscow [1890].
Skazki. Leningrad, 1924.


Böhne, F. W. Busch. Zürich-Stuttgart [1958].
Flügge, G. Wilhelm Busch. Leipzig, 1967.
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The 300th anniversary of this personal union has inspired a major federal-state-level exhibition, for which the principal venues in Hannover are the Lower Saxony State Museum, the newly built Herrenhausen Palace Museum, the Wilhelm Busch - German Museum of Caricature and Critical Graphic Art, and the city's Museum of History.
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Although Gernhardt is a highly original writer, his predecessors, as is obvious from his works, include Wilhelm Busch, Joachim Ringelnatz, Bertolt Brecht, and Erich Kastner (whom he quotes on page 96).
This is our world as well, and Grandville's prescient work is the subject of an upcoming exhibition and accompanying catalogue put together by Hannover's Wilhelm Busch Museum.
Manfred Gorlach (Cologne: Universitatsdruckerei for the Wilhelm Busch Exhibition, 1997).
The poems move, many cuts above Eugen Roth, through our imagination and fantasies, and yes, there is an occasional dash of Wilhelm Busch.