Eva Strittmatter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Eva Strittmatter
Born (1930-02-08)February 8, 1930
Neuruppin, Germany
Died January 3, 2011(2011-01-03) (aged 80)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation Poet
Nationality German
Spouse Erwin Strittmatter

Eva Strittmatter (February 8, 1930 – January 3, 2011) was a German writer of poetry, prose, and children's literature. Her poetry books sold millions of copies, making her the most successful German poet of the second half of the 20th century.[1][2]

From 1947 to 1951, Strittmatter studied German and Romance studies as well as Pedagogy at the Humboldt University of Berlin.[3] Since 1954 she has been working as a freelance writer. In 1956, she married the renowned East German writer Erwin Strittmatter. The marriage to him overshadowed her own work as a writer, which did not unfold until she reached the age of 40.[2]

Strittmatter was awarded the Heinrich Heine prize of the Ministry for culture of the GDR in 1975.

After her husband's death in 1994, Strittmatter had also been editing works from his estate.

Works[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • Ich mach ein Lied aus Stille, 1973
  • Mondschnee liegt auf den Wiesen, 1975
  • Die eine Rose überwältigt alles, 1977
  • Zwiegespräch, 1980
  • Heliotrop, 1983
  • Atem, 1988
  • Unterm wechselnden Licht, 1990
  • Der Schöne (Obsession), 1997
  • Liebe und Hass. Die geheimen Gedichte. 1970-1990, 2002
  • Der Winter nach der schlimmen Liebe. Gedichte 1996/1997, 2005
  • Landschaft, 2005

Prose[edit]

  • Briefe aus Schulzenhof I, 1977
  • Poesie und andere Nebendinge, 1983
  • Mai in Piestàny, 1986
  • Briefe aus Schulzenhof II, 1990
  • Briefe aus Schulzenhof III, 1995
  • Du liebes Grün. Ein Garten- und Jahreszeitenbuch, 2000

Children's books[edit]

  • Brüderchen Vierbein, 1958
  • Vom Kater der ein Mensch sein wollte, 1959
  • Ich schwing mich auf die Schaukel, 1975

References[edit]

  1. ^ Irmtraud Gutschke, Eva Strittmatter - Leib und Leben. Article on the website of German TV Station BR.
  2. ^ a b "Leib und Leben" der Eva Strittmatter. Article on the website of German TV station MDR.[dead link]
  3. ^ Biography on German publisher's website.

4. Beatrix M. Brockman: "Nur fliegend fängt man Worte ein" Eva Strittmatters Poetik. Peter Lang, Oxford 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0948-6