Hermann Sudermann

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Sudermann, Hermann


Born Sept. 30, 1857, in the small town of Matziken, in East Prussia; died Nov. 21, 1928, in Berlin. German writer.

Sudermann is one of the leading representatives of the naturalist school of German literature. His dramas Honor (1889), The Man and His Picture (1891), and The Fatherland (1893) show the moral decay of fashionable society, the disintegration of the bourgeois family, and the fate of the artist under capitalism. In his later dramas Happiness in the Corner (1896) and The Joy of Living (1902) the socially critical motifs disappear.

Sudermann’s historical and symbolist plays include Morituri (1897), the tragedy John the Baptist (1898), and the drama Children of the Shore (1910). His novels Dame Care (1887) and The Undying Past (1894), erotic story lolanthe’s Wedding (1892), and short stories were no better than bourgeois fiction.


Dramatische Werke, vols. 1–6. Stuttgart, 1923.
Romane and Novellen, vols. 1–2. Stuttgart-Berlin, 1930.
In Russian translation:
Sobr. soch., vols. 1–7. St. Petersburg, 1906.
Sobr. dramatiticheskikh soch., 2nd ed., vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1928.


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Hermann Sudermann: Ein Dichter an der Grenzscheide zweier Welten (1857–1928). Edited by T. Duglor. Dusseldorf, 1958.


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He works hard to make the most of their contrasting acting styles and devotes a lot of space to their rival performances in Alexandre Dumas fils's ha Dame aux Camillas and as Magda, the heroine of the eponymous drama by the German playwright Hermann Sudermann, which electrified the London theatre season of 1895, when the actresses opened competing productions within days of one another.
Indeed, the selected group of authors seems to mirror personal ties that arose from three configurations--the Liliencron/Dehmel circle, the friendship between Agnes Miegel and Lulu von Strauss und Torney, and the association of Julia Virginia with Hermann Sudermann, an author who otherwise maintained a position as something of an outsider to the "vereinsfreudigen" Naturalist groups (Gunther 132).
Marriage and Divorce in the Plays of Hermann Sudermann. By KARL LEYDECKER.
Nor did the parent-child animus always originate below the great parent-child divide: in The Father and again in Hermann Sudermann's drama Home (1893) a father takes a gun to his daughter.