Erich Kästner

1899 - 1974

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Emil Erich Kästner (German: [ˈʔeːʁɪç ˈkɛstnɐ] (listen); 23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poems and for children's books including Emil and the Detectives. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1960 for his autobiography Als ich ein kleiner Junge war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Kästner has received more than 371,929 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Erich Kästner is the 489th most popular writer (up from 495th in 2019), the 418th most popular biography from Germany (up from 571st in 2019) and the 29th most popular German Writer.

Erich Kästner is most famous for his children's book, The Adventures of Emil and the Detectives.

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Among writers, Erich Kästner ranks 489 out of 5,794Before him are Laurence Sterne, Athenaeus, Zecharia Sitchin, Sidney Sheldon, Boris Vian, and Mary Higgins Clark. After him are Jean Paul, Washington Irving, Saint-John Perse, Robert A. Heinlein, Jules Michelet, and Ludvig Holberg.

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Among people born in 1899, Erich Kästner ranks 17Before him are Lavrentiy Beria, Fred Astaire, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Francis Poulenc, László Bíró, and Duke Ellington. After him are Paul-Henri Spaak, Béla Guttmann, Adnan Menderes, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Miguel Ángel Asturias, and Charles Laughton. Among people deceased in 1974, Erich Kästner ranks 16Before him are Amin al-Husseini, Baldur von Schirach, U Thant, Rudolf Dassler, Imre Lakatos, and Duke Ellington. After him are Darius Milhaud, Jacob L. Moreno, Julius Evola, Otto Strasser, Miguel Ángel Asturias, and David Oistrakh.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erich Kästner ranks 418 out of 5,289Before him are Emile Berliner (1851), Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786), Joachim Peiper (1915), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Ananda Mahidol (1925), and Wassily Leontief (1906). After him are Jean Paul (1763), Georgy Lvov (1861), Niklas Luhmann (1927), F. W. Murnau (1888), Roland Freisler (1893), and Johann Gottfried Galle (1812).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Erich Kästner ranks 29Before him are Heinrich Mann (1871), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), Nelly Sachs (1891), Traudl Junge (1920), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), and Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170). After him are Jean Paul (1763), Patrick Süskind (1949), Ludwig Tieck (1773), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767), and Georg Büchner (1813).