Peter Rosegger

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Peter Rosegger (* 31. July 1843 in Alpl; † 26. June 1918 in war-laugh) was a Austrian writer.

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Peter Rosegger became to 31. July 1843 in Alpl (municipality war-laugh, Steiermark) born. Itwas the son of a poor forest farmer. Since in Alpl no compulsory education existed, there were a great many illiterates. Also Rosegger had enjoyed only a limited school teaching. Because it was physically simply too weak, farmer to become, he began as seventeen-year old with a moving cutter in pc. Kathreinthe teachings. It pulled from yard to yard and became acquainted with thereby people and customs very well. Rosegger had only a meager income, with which he began however books to buy, which acted at first mainly of village stories. Soon thereafter Rosegger also began toowrite. The editor at that time of the Grazer “day's mail”, Dr. Svoboda, discovered its literary talent and placed it due to its to the Grazer academy for trade and industry.

When in the year 1868 its parents' house had to be auctioneered, this was for then 25-year old like the loss itsHomeland. Its largest desire was it to settle sometime again in the forest homeland.

1869 left Rosegger the academy. A scholarship on 3, granted by the steirischen national committee, years made the stay in Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Italy for it possible.

he married 1873 in the church Maria-greenhis first wife, Anna Pichler, the daughter of a hat manufacturer in Maria green. With the birth of the second child 1875 its wife in the child bed died after only scarcely two-year marriage. In this time Rosegger could make itself a well-known name as writers. 1870 became itby the publisher Gustav hedge branch from plague the publication of its writings offered. Rosegger took the offer on and since then appeared its publications with hedge branch (altogether nine).1876 created Rosegger in Graz the popular monthly magazine „home garden “.

1877 knew itself Rosegger its dream of the forest homelandfulfill. After the first financially successful years as writers after Roseggers the house was built for own drafts, and in the autumn already drew in it and its children.

Beside its literary work Rosegger undertook since 1878 reading out journeys, it among other things to Dresden, Leipzig, Weimar, Berlin,Hamburg, Kassel, Karlsruhe and Munich led. In the representation „“it reports my reading out journeys on its experiences during this time. After hedge branch had died, its new publisher became A. Hard life from Vienna. There the work appeared „the Gottsucher “, one of the most important works Roseggers. Due to differencesfor fee questions and edition problems, Rosegger accepted the offer of the Leipziger of publisher and bookseller Ludwig Staackmann. On causes and process of the publishing house change Rosegger reports in 19. Class „of the homeland garden “. In co-operation with Staackmann a very personal and good relationship developed. Also after Staackmanns death heldRosegger its good contacts with dessem son upright.

1879 married Rosegger his second Mrs. Anna Knaur, with which he had two children. To its 60. Birthday became it by the university of Heidelberg to 9. August 1903 lent. To this honor Rosegger meant:

„Ever something me with so joyful pride inspired, a man, who could patronage its living day never a school, which was only one official an exam also not to put down able, which the lack of an arranged knowledge often heavily felt, that thatin the youth never more missed to retrieve was able, this man becomes suddenly a doctor of the brightest German universities. That is fairy taleful. “

Rosegger-Denkmal in Graz
Rosegger monument in Graz

of late he became also an honour doctor at the universities of Vienna and Graz. The German emperor Wilhelm II. lent the crown medal 2 to it.Class, the Austrian emperor Franz Josef the decoration for art and science and the city Graz appointed it its honour citizen. Franz Josefs successor Karl distinguished Rosegger with the Franz Joseph medal, which had been only lent before him by all Austrian writers at Franz Grillparzer.

Its whole life long was Peter Rosegger a creditor catholic, who had remained faithful always for all faith sets to lock however without the eyes before the bad states in the catholic church. As people writers it went maintaining it above all instructing but essentiallyalso to help therefore.

Peter Rosegger deceased to 26. June 1918 in war-laugh (Steiermark). On Roseggers initiative goes the building of the Evangelist church into Mürzzuschlag (1905), the forest school building into Alpl (1902) and the catholic church into pc. Kathrein (1902)back. Birth house and forest school in Alpl as well as living and house of the deceased in war-laugh are today museums in memories of a grandiosen writer.

The national Austrian culture encyclopedia according to AEIOU he took over the maxims of the regional arts and crafts movement for his work toward end of the century „ increasingly “, also steppedin its further work „anti-modern, German national courses out “. <ref>Entry over „Peter Rosegger “ in the Austria encyclopedia of AEIOU< /ref>


of poems

  • “Zither and Hackbrett” (1870)
  • “my song” (1911)


  • of “heath Peter Gabriel” (1882)
  • “the Gottsucher” (1883)
  • “Jakobthe last " (1888)
  • “Peter Mayer, the landlord to the Mahr” (1891)
  • “the eternal light” (1897)
  • earth benediction “(1900)
  • “Inri” (1905)
  • “the forest hereditary practicing” (1907)
  • “the two Hänse” (1911)


  • “stories from Steiermark” (1871)
  • “stories from the alps” (1873)
  • “controversy and victory” (1876)
  • “Man and woman, dear stories” (1879)
  • “a great deal people” (1888)
  • “the Schelm from the alps” (1890)
  • “through!” (1897)
  • “as I still another Waldbauernbub was” (1902)
  • “Wildlinge” (1906)
  • “have us about love talked” (1909)


  • “the writings of the forest school master” (1875)
  • “forest homeland” (1877)
  • “my world life” (1898,1914)
  • “Writings in Steri dialect” (1907)
  • “collected works” (40.Bde.) (1913-1916)

see also


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