Hermann Sudermann

Hermann Sudermann (hĕr´män zōō´dərmän), 1857–1928, German dramatist and novelist. His play Die Ehre (1889; tr. Honor, 1906) was one of the first successes of the burgeoning German naturalist movement. Sudermann's works became immensely popular, particularly the psychological novel Frau Sorge (1887; tr. Dame Care, 1891) and the play Heimat (1893; tr. Magda, 1896), a vehicle for Sarah Bernhardt and for Mrs. Patrick Campbell. His finest drama is probably Fritzchen, one of the three one-act plays published in Morituri (1897); it portrays the harshness of the Prussian officer code. Many of Sudermann's plays and such novels as Es war (1894) and Das hohe Lied (1908; tr. The Song of Songs, 1909) effectively bare the crudity and immorality of the Prussian aristocracy and the corruption of Berlin society.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! Studies in Modern German Literature: Sudermann; Hauptmann; Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century
Otto Heller.
Ginn & Company, 1905
Representative Continental Dramas: Revolutionary and Transitional
Montrose J. Moses.
Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1924
Librarian’s tip: "The Fires of St. John " by Hermann Sudermann begins on p. 103
German Men of Letters
Alex Natan.
Oswald Wolff, vol.2, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "Hermann Sudermann" begins on p. 31
FREE! Iconoclasts: A Book of Dramatists
James Huneker.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905
Librarian’s tip: "Hermann Sudermann" begins on p. 286
A Study of the Modern Drama: A Handbook for the Study and Appreciation of the Best Plays, European, English and American, of the Last Half Century
Barrett H. Clark.
D. Appleton, 1925
Librarian’s tip: "Hermann Sudermann" begins on p. 83
FREE! The German Drama of the Nineteenth Century
Georg Witkowski; L. E. Horning.
H. Holt, 1909
Librarian’s tip: "Hermann Sudermann" begins on p. 152
Cyclopedia of World Authors
Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler.
Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Hermann Sudermann" begins on p. 1044
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