Ludwig Ganghofer

Ludwig Ganghofer

Ludwig Ganghofer (July 7 1855 - July 24, 1920) was a German writer who became famous for his homeland novels.

Born in Kaufbeuren, he graduated from a gymnasium in 1873 and subsequently worked as a fitter in Augsburg engine works. In 1875, he entered Munich Polytechnic as a student of mechanical engineering, but eventually changed his major to history of literature and philosophy, which subjects he studied in München, Berlin and Leipzig. In 1879, he was awarded a doctorate from the University of Leipzig.

Ganghofer wrote his first play „Der Herrgottschnitzer von Ammergau“ ("The Crucifix Carver of Ammergau") in 1880 for the Munich Gärtnerplatz Theatre. It was so successful that it was performed 19 times. But his break-through was a guest performance of this play in Berlin, where it was staged more than 100 times. Subsequently, Ganghofer worked as dramatic adviser at the Vienna Ringtheatre (1881), as a freelance writer for the family paper Die Gartenlaube and as a feuilleton editor of the Wiener Tagblatt (1886 - 1891). Since 1891, he was working mainly as a writer, but he also produced e.g. Hugo von Hofmannsthals „Tor und Tod“. He also founded the Munich Literary Society.

His work as a voluntary war correspondent from 1915 and 1917 is less known. During those years, he wrote - besides propagandistic and little impartial war reports e.g. wie „Reise zur deutschen Front“ ("Travel to the German frontlines") - a large number of War poems, which were published in Anthologies like „Eiserne Zither“ ("Iron Zither") und „Neue Kriegslieder“ (New War songs"). These works display a nationalist and anti-democratic attitude.

Being a personal friend of Emperor Wilhelm II, Ganghofer's war reports were frequently lauding the emperor and his way of conducting the war. Even until shortly before the German capitulation, he published calls not to give up fighting. Lectures of his war-related oeuvres provided him an above average income.

After the end of the war, Ganghofer returned to his profession as a writer. He dedicated his last work „Das Land der Bayern in Farbenphotographie“ ("The country of Bavaria in coloured photography") to "His Majestät King Ludwig III. of Bavaria in deepest reverence". Shortly after, Ganghofer died in Tegernsee.

Ganghofer's works, in particular his novels, are still published nowadays. By 2004, an estimated more than 30 million copies of his works were sold. Besides, Ganghofer is one of the German writers whose works were filmed utmost. His homeland novels earned Ganghofer the reputation as a "world of good" writer". His works which describe the life of simple, competent, honest people are often seen as Kitsch- not at least because most of them are staged in the idyllic Bavarian Alps. Many homeland movies of the 1950s, the years of the "cinema miracle" are based on his novels. These novels are a perfect foundation for this genre and its filming strengthened Ganghofer's reputation. Ganghofer's success can be explained by the fact that he created the dream factory of his time - a dream factory that has endured to the present day.

Ganghofers brother-in-law was the geologist and geographer Albrecht Penck, his nephew the geomorphologist Walther Penck.

elected works

*"Der Herrgottschnitzer von Ammergau" (Volksstück, 1880)
*"Der Jäger von Fall" (Roman, 1883) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Die Sünden der Väter", (Roman, 1886)
*"Edelweißkönig" (Roman, 1886) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Der Klosterjäger" (Roman, 1893) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Die Martinsklause" (Roman, 1894) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Schloss Hubertus" (Roman, 1895) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Das Schweigen im Walde" (Roman, 1899)
*"Der Dorfapostel" (Roman, 1900)
*"Das neue Wesen. Roman aus dem 16. Jahrhundert", (1902)
*"Der Hohe Schein" (Roman, 1904)
*"Der Besondere", (Erzählung, 1904)
*"Der Mann im Salz" (Roman, 1906) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Waldrausch" (Roman, 1907) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Lebenslauf eines Optimisten" (Autobiographie, 3 Bde., 1909-1911) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Der Ochsenkrieg" (Roman, 1914) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Die Trutze von Trutzberg. Roman aus d. 15. Jahrhundert", (1915) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Reise zur deutschen Front" (Bericht, 1915) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Das große Jagen" (Roman, 1918) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]
*"Der laufende Berg" (Hochlandsroman, 1920) - frei zugänglich bei [ [] ]

External links

* [ Ludwig Ganghofer Year in Kaufbeuren]

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