Nelly Sachs

1891 - 1970

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Nelly Sachs (German pronunciation: [ˈnɛliː zaks] ; 10 December 1891 – 12 May 1970) was a German–Swedish poet and playwright. Her experiences resulting from the rise of the Nazis in World War II Europe transformed her into a poignant spokesperson for the grief and yearnings of her fellow Jews. Her best-known play is Eli: Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels (1950); other works include the poems "Zeichen im Sand" (1962), "Verzauberung" (1970), and the collections of poetry In den Wohnungen des Todes (1947), Flucht und Verwandlung (1959), Fahrt ins Staublose (1961), and Suche nach Lebenden (1971). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nelly Sachs has received more than 960,626 page views. Her biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). Nelly Sachs is the 253rd most popular writer (down from 241st in 2019), the 206th most popular biography from Germany (down from 195th in 2019) and the 16th most popular German Writer.

Nelly Sachs was a German-Jewish poet who wrote in Swedish. She is most famous for her poem "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" (I have become lost to the world).

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Notable Works

Fahrt ins Staublose
Collected Poems I, 1944-1949
The first of two volumes by the noted Nobel Prize winner.
Späte Gedichte
Schwedische Gedichte
Zeichen im Sand


Among writers, Nelly Sachs ranks 253 out of 7,302Before her are Paula Hitler, Germaine de Staël, Valmiki, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Peter Handke, and Kālidāsa. After her are François Mauriac, Anna Akhmatova, Shota Rustaveli, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Sallust.

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Among people born in 1891, Nelly Sachs ranks 9Before her are Antonio Gramsci, B. R. Ambedkar, Sergei Prokofiev, Mikhail Bulgakov, Walter Model, and Max Ernst. After her are Edith Stein, James Chadwick, John Howard Northrop, Pär Lagerkvist, Henry Miller, and Otto Dix. Among people deceased in 1970, Nelly Sachs ranks 14Before her are Jimi Hendrix, Yukio Mishima, Max Born, Sukarno, Alexander Kerensky, and Mark Rothko. After her are François Mauriac, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Peter II of Yugoslavia, Édouard Daladier, Paul Celan, and Otto Heinrich Warburg.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Nelly Sachs ranks 206 out of 7,253Before her are Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882), Nico (1938), Conrad III of Germany (1093), Jupp Heynckes (1945), Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1086), and Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887). After her are Karl Liebknecht (1871), Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Carl Ritter (1779), and Werner von Siemens (1816).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Nelly Sachs ranks 16Before her are Novalis (1772), Heinrich Böll (1917), Eckhart Tolle (1948), Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), and Jacob Grimm (1785). After her are Paul Heyse (1830), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Ernst Jünger (1895), Michael Ende (1929), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), and Wilhelm Grimm (1786).