Werner Sutermeister

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Werner Sutermeister
Werner Sutermeister.jpg
Werner Sutermeister, around 1896
Born (1868-Missing required parameter 1=month!-00)Missing required parameter 1=month! 1868
Zofingen, Argovia, Switzerland
Died 19 April 1939(1939-04-19) (aged 70–71)
Switzerland
Occupation poet, novelist
Language German
Nationality Swiss
Notable works Der Schüttelbecher
Der fröhliche Apfelbaum

Werner Sutermeister (1868–1939) is a Swiss writer well known for his spoonerisms.

Life[edit]

Werner Sutermeister was a son of Ernestine Moehrlen and Otto Sutermeister.[1] attended Gymnasium Kirchenfeld in Berne. He then studied history, German philology and philosophy in Basel, Leipzig and Berne. In 1891 he became a teacher for secondary schools. 1894 he promoted with a dissertation about Klemens von Metternich’s relationship to Switzerland between 1840 and 1848.[2][3]

For six years he worked as a teacher at the girls' school of Berne. In the spring of 1900 he was elected to the Gymnasium of Berne, where he taught History and German for 37 years. He also directed the orchestra of the Gymnasium.[4]

Sutermeister also wrote for the Bernese daily newspaper Der Bund:

He was a master of light-headed philosophy, and he shook the kaleidoscope of the German language to delight himself and the mischievous coincidences of his rhymes. So he has brought some cheerful, but also some thoughtful note in our newspaper text.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Der fröhliche Apfelbaum, geschüttelt von Werner Sutermeister. Bern: Hans Huber, 1932. ISBN 3-7185-0383-2
  2. ^ Biographie on bernensia.ch
  3. ^ Recension in: Deutschen Literaturzeitung für Kritik der Internationalen Wissenschaft, vol. 17, nr. 41–52, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1896
  4. ^ Paul Dübi: Über den Autor. In: Der fröhliche Apfelbaum, geschüttelt von Werner Sutermeister. 2. erweiterte Auflage. Gute Schriften, Bern 1973, Seite 77. ISBN 3-7185-0383-2
  5. ^ Dr. Phil. Werner Sutermeister, alt Gymnasiallehrer in Bern, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. In: Der Bund, 20 April 1939, nr. 182, “Abend-Ausgabe”, page 4, with photo.

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