Alfred Döblin

Novelist, Author

1878 – 1957

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Who was Alfred Döblin?

Bruno Alfred Döblin was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. A prolific writer whose œuvre spans more than half a century and a wide variety of literary movements and styles, Döblin is one of the most important figures of German literary modernism. His complete works comprise over a dozen novels ranging in genre from historical novels to science fiction to novels about the modern metropolis; several dramas, radio plays, and screenplays; a true crime story; a travel account; two book-length philosophical treatises; scores of essays on politics, religion, art, and society; and numerous letters—his complete works, republished by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag and Fischer Verlag, span more than thirty volumes. His first published novel, Die drei Sprünge des Wang-lung, appeared in 1915 and his final novel, Hamlet oder Die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende was published in 1956, one year before his death.

Born in Stettin to assimilated Jews, Döblin moved with his mother and siblings to Berlin when he was ten years old after his father had abandoned them.

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Born
Aug 10, 1878
Szczecin
Also known as
  • Alfred Doblin
  • Linke Poot
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
Lived in
  • Szczecin
Died
Jun 26, 1957
Emmendingen

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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