|born on||14 September 1817 at 23:30 (= 11:30 PM )|
|Place||Husum, Germany, 54n28, 9e03|
|Timezone||LMT m9e03 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||21°43' 11°53 Asc. 19°07'|
German poet and novelist whose novellas are among the finest in German literature. Storm is an outstanding representative of German poetic Realism, which had as its aim the portrayal of the positive values of everyday life
Storm practiced law in Husum until 1853, when the Danish occupation of Schleswig forced him to move to Potsdam. His strong patriotic feelings are expressed in his poetry from this period. After living in Heiligenstadt, where he had been transferred as a magistrate, he returned to Schleswig when the Danish left it in 1864. A year later his wife died, occasioning the climax of his lyrics in the cycle Tiefe Schatten (1865). By this time, however, he had already begun to concentrate on writing novellas. One of his most important early works is Immensee, a moving story of the vanished happiness of childhood, which, like so many of his works, is coloured by a haunting nostalgia. As his writing matured his novellas displayed subtler psychological insight, greater realism, and a wider scope of themes—including class tensions, social problems, and religious bigotry—expressing his recurrent concern with man’s isolation and struggle with his fate. He retired in 1880 to Hadermarschen, where he wrote his last and greatest novella, Der Schimmelreiter (1888; The Rider on the White Horse, 1917), which, with its forceful hero and terse, objective style, shows vivid imagination and great narrative verve.
He died 4 July 1888, Hademarschen.
Arno Müller, vol 2
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction
- Vocation : Writers : Poet