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.


Werkausgabe, vols. 1–10. Frankfurt am Main, 1976.


Fradkin, I. M. “Pod maskoi respektabel’nosti.” Teatr, 1963, no. 7.
Jacobius, A. J. Carl Zuckmayer: Eine Bibliographie 1917–1971. Frankfurt am Main, 1971.


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The "Prussian fairy tale" of the title is an actual historical event that was dramatized in the 1931 play The Captain from Kopenick by Carl Zuckmayer, in which a well-intentioned nobody, tired of the militaristic bureaucracy which hinders him at every step, buys a second-hand captain's uniform, commandeers a regiment, and invades the town hall to arrest the mayor.
Poets, too, from Verlaine to Vachel Lindsay, and novelists from Lady Eleanor Smith to Carl Zuckmayer have felt the same about it.
Demonstrating a level of confidence and ambition that contrasts starkly with the childlike awkwardness of their visual aesthetic, the two-dimensional works frequently confront grand, universal themes and enlist historical and intellectual colossi; Interregnum Master, or, a Right Wall of Creativity, 2007, for example, outlines the script for a one-act play based on Salware; or, the Magdalena of Bozen, by Carl Zuckmayer, and Full House, by Stephen J.