- Berthold Auerbach
Berthold Auerbach (
February 28, 1812– February 8, 1882) was a German- Jewish poetand author.
Moses (Moyses) Baruch Auerbach was born in Nordstetten (now
Horb am Neckar) in the Kingdom of Württemberg.
On the completion of his studies at the universities of
Tübingen, Munichand Heidelberg, he immediately devoted himself to literature. His first publication dealt with "Judaism and Recent Literature", and was to be followed by a series of novels taken from Jewish history. Of this intended series he actually published, with considerable success, " Spinoza" and "Poet and Merchant." But real fame and popularity came to him when he began to occupy himself with the life of the general people which forms the subject of his best-known works. In these later books, of which "On the Height" is perhaps the most characteristic and certainly the most famous, he revealed an unrivalled insight into the soul of the Southern German country folk, and especially of the peasants of the Black Forestand the Bavarian Alps. His descriptions are remarkable for their fresh realism, graceful style and humour. In addition to these qualities, his last books are marked by great subtlety of psychological analysis. "On the Height" was first published at Stuttgartin 1861, and has been translated into several languages.
Auerbach died at
Cannesshortly before his 70th birthday.
Literature on Auerbach
* Jonathan Skolnik, "Writing Jewish History Between Gutzkow and Goethe: Auerbach's Spinoza" in Prooftexts: A Journal of JewishLiterary History 1999
* Zabel, "Berthold Auerbach" (Berlin, 1882)
* E. Lasker, "Berthold Auerbach, ein Gedenkblatt" (1882)
* A. Bettelheim, "B. Auerbach, der Mann, sein Werk" (1907)
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* [http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3Aberthold%20auerbach%20-contributor%3Agutenberg%20AND%20mediatype%3Atexts Works by Berthold Auerbach] at
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