Carl Zuckmayer

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Zuckmayer, Carl


Born Dec. 27, 1896, in Nackenheim; died Jan. 19, 1977, in Zürich. German writer (Federal Republic of Germany).

Zuckmayer studied natural science, philosophy, and literary history at the universities of Frankfurt am Main and Heidelberg between 1918 and 1920. He lived abroad in various places from 1933 to 1946. In 1958 he settled in Switzerland. In addition to amusing and lyric comedies from the life of the people, such as The Happy Vineyard (1925), Zuckmayer wrote the antimilitarist satirical play The Captain of Köpenick (1931) and the drama The Devil’s General (1946), which denounces Nazism from a standpoint of abstract humanism. He also produced lyric poetry, short stories, and memoirs. Many of his works have been made into films. Zuckmayer received a number of literary prizes.


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Jacobius, A. J. Carl Zuckmayer: Eine Bibliographie 1917–1971. Frankfurt am Main, 1971.


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