Peter Weiss

1916 - 1982

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Peter Ulrich Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his plays Marat/Sade and The Investigation and his novel The Aesthetics of Resistance. Peter Weiss earned his reputation in the post-war German literary world as the proponent of an avant-garde, meticulously descriptive writing, as an exponent of autobiographical prose, and also as a politically engaged dramatist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Weiss has received more than 224,295 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Peter Weiss is the 863rd most popular writer (down from 784th in 2019), the 820th most popular biography from Germany (down from 766th in 2019) and the 50th most popular German Writer.

Peter Weiss was a German-born playwright and painter who was most famous for his play, "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade."

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Notable Works

Die Ermittlung
Government publications
Die Ästhetik des Widerstands
Abschied von den Eltern


Among writers, Peter Weiss ranks 863 out of 7,302Before him are Ibn al-Jawzi, Ernesto Sabato, Iris Murdoch, John Fante, Ambrose Bierce, and Philostratus. After him are Frederick Forsyth, Aziz Nesin, Wilkie Collins, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Zeami Motokiyo, and Aubrey Beardsley.

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Among people born in 1916, Peter Weiss ranks 37Before him are Dương Văn Minh, Abdul Rahman Arif, Vitaly Ginzburg, Paul Keres, Sune Bergström, and Christian B. Anfinsen. After him are Bernard Lewis, Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Jean Dausset, Marcel Cerdan, Peter Finch, and P. W. Botha. Among people deceased in 1982, Peter Weiss ranks 47Before him are Hermann Balck, Walther Wenck, Lee Strasberg, Varlam Shalamov, Meša Selimović, and Walter Hallstein. After him are Vladimir K. Zworykin, Gershom Scholem, E. H. Carr, Sobhuza II, Takashi Shimura, and Thelonious Monk.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Peter Weiss ranks 820 out of 7,253Before him are Walter Hallstein (1901), Albert of Brandenburg (1490), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Günther Prien (1908), Hermann of Reichenau (1013), and Klaus Nomi (1944). After him are Frei Otto (1925), Thomas Bach (1953), George, King of Saxony (1832), Bruno Walter (1876), Sophie of Württemberg (1818), and Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt (1765).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Peter Weiss ranks 50Before him are Marie d'Agoult (1805), Karl Harrer (1890), Theodor Fontane (1819), Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724), Thietmar of Merseburg (975), and Frank Wedekind (1864). After him are Bernhard Schlink (1944), Hans Fallada (1893), Stefan George (1868), Achim von Arnim (1781), Anna Seghers (1900), and Joost van den Vondel (1587).