Josef Weinheber (9 March 1892 in Vienna – 8 April 1945 in Kirchstetten, Lower Austria by suicide) was an Austrian lyric poet, narrative writer and essayist.
Brought up in an orphanage, Weinheber was, before his authorial career, a casual labourer, and from 1911 to 1918 a postal service worker. In 1919 he made contributions to the newspaper The Musket. In 1918 he left the Roman Catholic Church, and became Protestant in 1927. In 1920 his first volume of lyric poetry appeared, Der einsame Mensch“ (The Solitary Man). Weinheber was principally under the literary influence of Rainer Maria Rilke Anton Wildgans Karl Kraus. He was on most friendly terms with his ... more »
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