Hans Carossa

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Date of Birth December 15, 1878
Place of Birth Germany
Date of Death Sep 12, 1956 (77)
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Hans Carossa was a German novelist and poet, known mostly for his autobiographical novels, and his "innere Emigration" during the Nazi era. He studied medicine, working as a field surgeon from 1916 to 1918. He was awarded the Swiss Gottfried Keller Prize in 1931, and the Goethe Prize in 1938.

About Hans Carossa

A recipient of both the Goethe Prize and the Gottfried Keller Prize, Carossa is remembered for autobiographical works such as Rumanisches Tagebuch (A Romanian Diary) (1924) and Eine Kindheit (A Childhood) (1922).

Before Fame

He published his first poem, "Stella Mystica," at the age of twenty-eight. Around this time, he was also studying medicine; during the World War I years, he worked as an army physician.

Achievement

His 1924 work Rumanisches Tagebuch was financially successful enough that it allowed him to part with his medical career and more fully pursue a literary life.

Family Life

He was born in Bad Tolz, Kingdom of Bavaria, to a family of Northern Italian heritage. He and his sister, Stephanie, were the children of a physician and medical researcher father.

Associations

Following the World War II era, Carossa became infamous for having been president of the Europaische Schriftstellervereinigung, a literary organization established by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

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  • Writers from Bavaria
  • German medical writers
  • 20th-century German novelists
  • German-language poets
  • German male novelists
  • German poets
  • German male poets
  • German Roman Catholics
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich alumni
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