Gerhart Hauptmann

1862 - 1946

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Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann (German: [ˈɡeːɐ̯.haʁt ˈhaʊ̯ptˌman] ; 15 November 1862 – 6 June 1946) was a German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerhart Hauptmann has received more than 379,650 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Gerhart Hauptmann is the 289th most popular writer (up from 334th in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Poland (up from 65th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Polish Writer.

Gerhart Hauptmann is most famous for his play "The Weavers."

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Notable Works

The three of them together now walked a rather long distance to a wild section of the garden, where it had turned completely dark. The wind began to rush, and the shrubs, trees and bushes of the garden swished like breakers on the shore. The stoker beckoned to them, and they squatted on the ground in a circle. It seemed as if the stoker with his bare hand had taken a bit of burning wood from his pocket. He held it close to the ground, to illuminate a round opening, something like the burrow of a marmot or a rabbit. "Legno santo," said Peter Schmidt, pointing to the glowing piece of charcoal. "Now, Frederick, you will get to see those antlike little elves that are called noctiluci or night-lights. They pompously call themselves Toilers of the Light. But whatever their name, it must be admitted that they are the ones that take the light hidden in the entrails of the earth, store it up, and sow it in fields, the soil of which has been especially prepared; and when it has grown to its full size and has borne fruit a hundredfold in the shape of gold sheaves or nuggets, they harvest it and save it for the darkest of dark times." And, actually, looking through a crevice, Frederick saw something like another world, with a subterranean sun shining on it. A multitude of little elves, the Toilers of the Light, were mowing with scythes, cutting stalks, binding sheaves, loading carts, and storing in barns. Many cut the light out of the ground, like nuggets of gold. Undoubtedly it was the gold meant for the mint in Washington that was haunting Frederick's dreams.
Einsame Menschen
The sunken bell
Die Weber
German drama
A Naturalistic drama about the revolt of the weavers in Silesia, 1844, when market forces reduced demand for their textiles and, as a result, they and their families faced starvation.
The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann
Vor Sonnenaufgang
Florian Geyer
The sunken bell
Fiction, Atlantis (Legendary place), Atlantis
Einsame Menschen
German drama, Critical studies
Die Vorgaenge dieser Dichtung geschehen in einem Landhause zu Friedrichshagen bei Berlin, dessen Garten an den Mueggelsee stoesst. In allen fuenf Akten bleibt der Schauplatz derselbe: ein saalartiges Zimmer -- Wohn- und Speiseraum -- gutbuergerlich eingerichtet. Ein Pianino ist da, ein Buecherschrank; um ihn gruppiert Bildnisse -- Photographie und Holzschnitt -- moderner Gelehrter (auch Theologen), unter ihnen Darwin und Haeckel. Ueber dem Pianino Oelbild: ein Pastor im Ornat. Sonst an der Wand mehrere biblische Bilder nach Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Links eine, rechts zwei Tueren. Die Tuer links fuehrt ins Studierzimmer Johannes Vockerats. Die Tueren rechts ins Schlafzimmer und auf den Flur. Der Raum hat eine maessige Tiefe. Zwei Bogenfenster und eine Glastuer der Hinterwand gestatten den Blick auf eine Veranda und einen Ausblick ueber den Garten, auf den See und die Mueggelberge jenseits. Zeit: Gegenwart. - p. [6].
Die Weber
German drama, German language books, Criticism and interpretation
The Weavers (German: Die Weber, Silesian German: De Waber) is a play in five acts written by the German playwright Gerhart Hauptmann in 1892. The play, probably Hauptmann's most important drama, sympathetically portrays a group of Silesian weavers who staged an uprising in 1844 due to their concerns about the Industrial Revolution. The play was translated into Yiddish by Pinchas Goldhar in the 1920s, after which it became a favorite of the Yiddish stage. In 1927 it was adapted into a German silent film The Weavers directed by Frederic Zelnik and starring Paul Wegener. A Broadway version of The Weavers was staged in 1915–1916.[1]
Bahnwärter Thiel
Continental european drama (dramatic works by one author), Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)


Among writers, Gerhart Hauptmann ranks 289 out of 7,302Before him are Alfonso X of Castile, William Golding, Alberto Moravia, Paul Valéry, Philip K. Dick, and Marcus Terentius Varro. After him are Emily Dickinson, Arthur C. Clarke, Pearl S. Buck, Carl Spitteler, Colette, and Sayyid Qutb.

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Among people born in 1862, Gerhart Hauptmann ranks 6Before him are Gustav Klimt, Claude Debussy, Maurice Maeterlinck, David Hilbert, and Philipp Lenard. After him are Allvar Gullstrand, Arthur Schnitzler, O. Henry, Aristide Briand, Hilma af Klint, and Niko Pirosmani. Among people deceased in 1946, Gerhart Hauptmann ranks 13Before him are Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Hans Frank, Ion Antonescu, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Mikhail Kalinin. After him are Alexander Alekhine, Gertrude Stein, Wilhelm Frick, Werner von Blomberg, Julius Streicher, and Karl Haushofer.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Gerhart Hauptmann ranks 51 out of 1,694Before him are Casimir Funk (1884), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Rudolf Virchow (1821), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), and Casimir III the Great (1310). After him are Donald Tusk (1957), Emil von Behring (1854), Klaus Kinski (1926), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), and Sigismund I the Old (1467).

Among WRITERS In Poland

Among writers born in Poland, Gerhart Hauptmann ranks 7Before him are Günter Grass (1927), Adam Mickiewicz (1798), Wisława Szymborska (1923), Janusz Korczak (1878), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902), and Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846). After him are Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Władysław Reymont (1867), Osip Mandelstam (1891), Olga Tokarczuk (1962), Alfred Döblin (1878), and Witold Gombrowicz (1904).