|born on||5 October 1890 at 15:45 (= 3:45 PM )|
|Place||Darmstadt, Germany, 49n53, 8e40|
|Timezone||LMT m8e40 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||12°19' 09°55 Asc. 19°36'|
Edschmid studied French language and literature at various European universities before turning to journalism. He published number of novels, influenced by Neo-Romanticism and Nietzsche: these showed him to be an uncompromising exponent of Expressionism.
He wrote the first German novel introducing sport as a literary subject. Other works include the biographical novels (on Lord Byron, Georg Büchner. Simon Bolivar). Particularly noteworthy are his travel books; based on his own journeys.
Awarded the Büchner Prize in 1927, Edschmid was harassed by the National Socialist regime, being banned from public speaking in 1933 and from publishing in 1941. From 1950 he was successively General Secretary, Vice-President, and Honorary President of the (West) German PEN Centre.
He died 31 August 1966 in Vulpera, Switzerland.
Arno Müller, vol 2
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction