Grimmelshausen, Hans Jakob Christoffel von

Grimmelshausen, Hans Jakob Christoffel von

(häns yä`kôp krĭs`tôfəl fən grĭm`əlshou'zən), 1625–76, German novelist. Impressed into the Thirty Years WarThirty Years War,
1618–48, general European war fought mainly in Germany. General Character of the War

There were many territorial, dynastic, and religious issues that figured in the outbreak and conduct of the war.
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 at the age of 10, he educated himself in letters and the law. His Simplicissimus (The Adventuresome Simplicius Simplicissimus; 1669), a picaresque romance, is often called the first German biographical novel. Immediately successful, by virtue of its vigor, humor, and realistic characterizations, it gave rise to numerous "Simpliciades," many by Grimmelshausen writing under a pseudonym.
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