Hermann Kasack

Hermann Kasack (* 24. July 1896 in potsdam; † 10. January 1966 in Stuttgart) was a German writer and poet. In addition it was a pioneer in the switching of literary contents in the start time of the broadcast. It published some radio plays also under the aliases Hermann William and Hermann Merten.

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Hermann Robert smelling pool of broadcasting corporations Eugen Kasack grows up as an only child of a practical physician in potsdam. It visits the human Viktoria High School in potsdam and begins 1914 a study of the political economy and literature history in Berlin, which it locks 1920 in Munich.

1915 it publishes the action its first poem with the title nut/mother in the magazine. 1916 takes place first lecture evenings of “new seal” with wolf Przygode in Berlin. In the following the lifelong friendships begin year with the painter walter Gramatté and the poet Oskar Loerke. His first book, humans. Verses, 1918 appear.

1920 marry Hermann Kasack Maria Fellenberg. In the same year it occurs the Gustav Kiepenheuer publishing house potsdam as a lector . In this function it publishes among other things the collected works of Friedrich Hölderlin . 1924 are born his daughter Renate. 1925 it leaves the Kiepenheuer publishing house and becomes constant literary coworker at the “citizens of Berlin radio hour “, where it is responsible among other things for the program organization of the first poet readings of contemporary poets. In the following year is uraufgeführt his drama the sister and it becomes a director with the S. Fischer publishing house. 1927 are born his son Wolfgang. In the following years it lives as free writers and broadcast author, it publishes numerous poems and is responsible for more than hundred radio endings, among them many Portraits of writers and numerous radio plays, from which however only few are received as clay/tone documents. To 28. March 1933 is forbidden to it any cooperation at the broadcast. Until 1941 it is nearly without work, then it becomes as successors of Oskar Loerke lector in the S. Fischer (late Suhrkamp) publishing house. During Peter Suhrkamps arrest 1944 Kasack takes over the publishing house line.

After the war Kasack works again for the citizen of Berlin broadcast, until it moves 1949 to Stuttgart. 1947 appear its most well-known novel, the city behind the river for which it 1949 in Berlin the Theodor Fontane price receive. It becomes 1948 initial member of the German PEN center and member in the Academy of Sciences in Mainz. Its second and last novel, the large net appears 1952. From 1953 to 1963 it exerts itself as a president of the German academy for language and seal particularly for the publication of forgotten contemporary authors. 1955 are uraufgeführt the opera the city behind the river, toned by Hans Vogt, in Wiesbaden. To his sixtieth birthday a collection of the most important essays and speeches appears from three decades as gift of the Suhrkamp of publishing house and it the professor title by the Prime Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg is lent.

1963 withdraw Kasack from its office as a president of the German academy for language and seal, after he went blind nearly completely. It dies to 10. January 1966 in its Stuttgart dwelling.


the following list only one selection, a detailed and complete listing contains is on the web page of the city and federal state library potsdam, sees Web on the left of.

lyric poetry

  • humans. Verses, Munich 1918
  • the island. Poems, Berlin 1920
  • the singing yearly, potsdam 1921
  • stage. A poem row, potsdam 1921
  • echo. Thirty-eight poems, Berlin 1933
  • the river of the world. Poems, Hamburg 1940
  • the eternal existence. Poems, Berlin 1943
  • from the Chinese picture book, with designs of Caspar Rudolf Neher, Frankfurt/M. 1955.
  • Answer and question. 13 poems, Frankfurt/M. 1961
  • water-marks. New poems, Frankfurt/M. 1964


  • the sister. A tragedy in eight stations, Berlin 1920
  • the tragic transmission. A dramatic event in ten scenes, Berlin 1920 (reproduction potsdam 1993)
  • Vincent. Play in five documents, potsdam 1924
  • the city behind the river. Libretto of the Oratori opera in three documents, Frankfurt/M. 1954

radio plays

  • voices in the fight. Radio play (under the alias Hermann William), Berlin 1930 (Ursendung: 07. December 1930, length: 30 '), Nachproduktion of the NDR 1959 under the title ball change (direction: Fritz Schröder Jahn, length: 28 ')
  • Tull, master Springer. A series of ten radio plays for the youth (under the alias Hermann Merten), Berlin 1932, two received consequences: Child journey with Tull (length: 33 ' 33 ") and Tull's child Olympiad (length: 26 ' 54 ")
  • a voice of thousands. Radio seal (under the alias Hermann William), Berlin 1932 (direction: Edlef Köppen, Ursendung 06. October 1932, length: 11 ' 46 "), German broadcast archives Nr.C 1680
  • the call. Radio seal (under the alias: Hermann William), Berlin 1932 (direction: Edlef Köppen, Ursendung: 12. December 1932, length: 57 ' 34 "), German broadcast archives Nr.C 1632


  • afflicting. A narration, Munich 1919 (New edition Berlin 1922)
  • Tull, master Springer, Leipzig 1935
  • the loom. Narration, Frankfurt/M. 1949
  • falsifications. Narration, Frankfurt/M. 1953
  • the unknown goal. Selected samples and work, Frankfurt/M. 1963


  • the city behind the river, Berlin 1947
  • the large net, Berlin/Frankfurt/M. 1952
  • Alexander. The questionableness of the life, 1932 (unpublished, 150 sides, fragment)


  • Pierre Lech: Hermann Kasack and the time-critical novel of the present, Thesis, genuine after/Luxembourg 1956
  • Wolfgang Kasack (Hrsg.): Life and work of Hermann Kasack, Frankfurt/M.1966
  • Heribert Besch: Seal between vision and reality. An analysis of the work of Hermann Kasack with diary edition (1930-1943), pc. Ingbert 1992
  • Helmut John and Lonny Neumann (Hrsg.): Hermann Kasack - lives and work, Frankfurt/M. 1994
  • Ute farmer masters: Biographic to Hermann Kasack, in: Harsh ore tail man and Bernhard Zeller (Hrsg.): Hermann Kasack in honours. A presidency in heavy time, barrier stone publishing house, Goettingen 1996, S. 221-226


  • German broadcast archives: Hermann Kasack and the broadcast, audio CD No. wo01, Frankfurt/M. and potsdam 2004 (a voice of thousands and the call contain the radio plays, as well as a contribution of Bertolt break)
  • German broadcast archives: Which children gladly hear (t) EN, audio CD No. mu03, Frankfurt/M. and potsdam 2003 (a collection of child songs and - radio plays from the 1930er and 1950er years, the radio play Tull's child Olympiad contains)

Web on the left of

| | * Literature of and over Hermann Kasack in the catalog of the DDB



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