Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen





Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen


Born
1622, Gelnhausen, Germany
Died
August 17, 1676

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Grimmelshausen was born at Gelnhausen. At the age of ten he was kidnapped by Hessian soldiery, and in their midst tasted the adventures of military life in the Thirty Years' War. At its close, Grimmelshausen entered the service of Franz Egon von Fürstenberg, bishop in Straßburg and in 1665 was made Schultheiss (magistrate) at Renchen in Baden.

On obtaining this appointment, he devoted himself to literary pursuits, and in 1668 published Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus Teutsch, d.h. die Beschreibung des Lebens eines seltsamen Vaganten, genannt Melchior Sternfels von Fuchsheim, the greatest German novel of the 17th century. For this work he took as his model the picaresque romances of Spain, already to some extent known in Germany. Simpliciss
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Life of Courage

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Tearaway

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Das wunderbarliche Vogel-Nest

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Der keusche Joseph

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