Gustav Meyrink

1868 - 1932

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Gustav Meyrink (19 January 1868 – 4 December 1932) was the pseudonym of Gustav Meyer, an Austrian author, novelist, dramatist, translator, and banker, most famous for his novel The Golem. He has been described as the "most respected German language writer in the field of supernatural fiction". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gustav Meyrink has received more than 198,699 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Gustav Meyrink is the 547th most popular writer (up from 582nd in 2019), the 125th most popular biography from Austria (up from 146th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Austrian Writer.

Gustav Meyrink is most famous for his novel The Golem, which was published in 1915. The novel tells the story of a golem, an animated clay figure that is brought to life by a rabbi to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

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Notable Works

Der Golem
Des deutschen Spiessers Wunderhorn
Das grüne Gesicht
Der weisse Dominikaner
German fiction
Comic and fantastic, gruesome and grotesque, Walpurgisnacht uses Prague as the setting for a clash between German officialdom immured in the ancient castle above the Moldau, and a Czech revolution seething in the city below. History, myth and political reality merge in an apocalyptic climax as the rebels storm the castle to crown a poor violinist "Emperor of the World" in St. Vitus' Cathedral. Written in 1917 Walpurgisnacht continues the message of The Green Face, of a decadent society on the brink of collapse and of a Europe past salvation. In it we see Meyrink's exceptional narrative powers at their height.


Among writers, Gustav Meyrink ranks 547 out of 7,302Before him are Gaston Leroux, Saint Naum, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Eugenio Montale, Frantz Fanon, and Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. After him are Georg Trakl, Patrick Süskind, Mo Yan, Robert Burns, Klaus Mann, and Paul Lafargue.

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Among people born in 1868, Gustav Meyrink ranks 20Before him are Arnold Sommerfeld, Florence Foster Jenkins, Peter Behrens, Theodore William Richards, Paul Claudel, and Gaston Leroux. After him are Huo Yuanjia, Gertrude Bell, Robert Falcon Scott, Dietrich Eckart, August Horch, and Felix Hoffmann. Among people deceased in 1932, Gustav Meyrink ranks 8Before him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Eduard Bernstein, Manuel II of Portugal, Giuseppe Peano, Aristide Briand, and Paul Doumer. After him are Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Errico Malatesta, George Eastman, Ronald Ross, and Max Wolf.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Gustav Meyrink ranks 125 out of 1,424Before him are Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Richard Adolf Zsigmondy (1865), Ivan Illich (1926), Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans (1633), Helmut Berger (1944), and Ernest, Duke of Austria (1377). After him are Georg Trakl (1887), Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (1791), Karl Polanyi (1886), Ernst Happel (1925), Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (1743), and Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643).

Among WRITERS In Austria

Among writers born in Austria, Gustav Meyrink ranks 10Before him are Peter Handke (1942), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888), Elfriede Jelinek (1946), Peter Drucker (1909), Arthur Schnitzler (1862), and Maria Leopoldina of Austria (1797). After him are Georg Trakl (1887), Hermann Broch (1886), Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874), Edward Bernays (1891), Walther von der Vogelweide (1170), and Otto of Freising (1114).