Hermann Georg Scheffauer

(1878-1927 / San Francisco, California)

Biography of Hermann Georg Scheffauer

Hermann Georg Scheffauer poet

Herman George Scheffauer (born February 3, 1878 in San Francisco, US; died October 7, 1927 in Berlin), was a German-American poet, architect, writer, dramatist and translator.
Herman George Scheffauer was born in San Francisco, California in 1878. A poet and playwright of local importance, he was a protégé of Ambrose Bierce and was associated with George Sterling and other Bohemian Grove writers and artists. He married the English poet Ethel Talbot, with whom he had a daughter, Fiona. In 1910, Scheffauer moved to Germany to become a translator and journalist. He committed suicide in 1927.

Scheffauer's published poetry and drama includes Of Both Worlds (1903), Looms of Life (1908), The Sons of Baldur (1908), Drake in California (1912), The Hollow Head of Mars (1915), and The Infant in the News-Sheet (1921). His published translations from the German, many of them posthumous, include Atta Troll (1913), by Heinrich Heine; Bashan and I (1923), Children and Fools (1928), Early Sorrow (1930), and A Man and His Dog (1930), all by Thomas Mann; Gas (1924), by Georg Kaiser; and Peter the Czar (1925), by Klabund.

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Atlantes of the firmament! abrupt
The granite monsters of Manhattan frown,-
Phalanx of Titans, stark and interrupt,
Their tyrannous grim bulks oppress the town.

Their gonfalons and vaporous plumes at play
Stream rhythmic to the city's stormy beat,
Her giant pulse that goads the groaning day

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