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Kurt Tucholsky (German: [kʊʁt tu.ˈxɔls.ki] ; 9 January 1890 – 21 December 1935) was a German journalist, satirist, and writer. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Kaspar Hauser (after the historical figure), Peter Panter, Theobald Tiger and Ignaz Wrobel.
A politically engaged journalist and temporary co-editor of the weekly magazine Die Weltbühne, he was simultaneously a satirist, an author of satirical political revues, a songwriter, and a poet. He saw himself as a left-wing democrat and pacifist and warned against anti-democratic tendencies — above all in politics and the military — and the threat of Nazism. His fears were confirmed when the Nazis came to power in January 1933. In May of that year he was among the authors whose works were banned as "un-German" and burned; he was also among the first authors and intellectuals whose German citizenship was revoked.
According to Istvan Deak, Tucholsky was Weimar Germany's most controversial political and cultural commentator. He published over 2,000 essays, manifestos, poems, critiques, aphorisms, and stories.
- In his writings he hit hard at his main enemies in Germany, whom he identified as haughty aristocrats, bellicose army officers, brutal policemen, reactionary judges, anti-republican officials, hypocritical clergymen, tyrannical professors, dueling fraternity students, ruthless capitalists, philistine burghers, opportunistic Jewish businessmen, fascistic petty-bourgeois, Nazis, even peasants, whom he considered generally dumb and conservative….He is admired as an unsurpassed master of satire, of the short character sketch, and of the Berlin jargon.
His literary works were translated into English, including the 1912 Rheinsberg: Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte, translated as Rheinsberg: A Storybook for Lovers; and the 1931 Schloss Gripsholm: Eine Sommergeschichte, translated as Castle Gripsholm: A Summer Story.
Kurt Tucholsky was a German-Jewish journalist, satirist, and writer. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Kaspar Hauser (after the historical figure), Peter Panter, Theobald Tiger and Ignaz Wrobel.
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|Man sollte mal...: Prosa und Gedichte||Paperback||3-15-008917-4||1974|
|Rheinsberg: Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte (cover with lithography of a castle)||Paperback||3-499-10261-7||1988-09|
|Schloss Gripsholm: Eine Sommergeschichte||Paperback||3-499-10004-5||1998-08|
|Zwischen Gestern und Morgen: Eine Auswahl aus seinen Schriften und Gedichten||Paperback||3-499-10050-9||1990-07|
|Politische Briefe (Kurt Tucholsky)||Paperback||?||1969-08|
|Rheinsberg: Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte und anderes (linen back)||Paperback||?||1958-12|
|Panter, Tiger & Co.: Eine neue Auswahl aus seinen Schriften und Gedichten||Paperback||3-499-10131-9||1992-02|
|Schloss Gripsholm (linen back)||Paperback||?||1954-03|
- Kurt Tucholsky is the subject of Kurt Tucholsky in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten
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