Gero von Wilpert

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Professor Dr. Gero von Wilpert (13 March 1933 – 24 December 2009) was a German author, a senior lecturer in German at the University of New South Wales and, from 1980, Professor of German at the University of Sydney.[1]

Wilpert was born in Tartu (Dorpat), Estonia. Like all Baltic Germans, he was forced to leave Estonia after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the takeover of the country by the Soviet Union (1939–40).

From 1953 to 1957 he studied at the University of Heidelberg, where he was at times a docent. He then settled near Stuttgart to work as independent author and lecturer.

Gero von Wilpert published several editions of an encyclopedia of literary descriptions Sachwörterbuch der Literatur. He also wrote a comprehensive Lexikon der Weltliteratur [Lexicon of World Literature] and earlier had published his Deutsche Literatur in Bildern [German Literature in Pictures] and a journal on Schiller.

Professor Dr. Gero von Wilpert died in Sydney.[2]


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