Grimmelshausen, Hans Jakob Christoffel von

Grimmelshausen, Hans Jakob Christoffel von häns yä´kôp krĭs´tôfəl fən grĭm´əlshou˝zən [key], 1625–76, German novelist. Impressed into the Thirty Years War at the age of 10, he educated himself in letters and the law. His Simplicissimus ( The Adventuresome Simplicius Simplicissimus 1669), a picaresque romance, is often called the first German biographical novel. Immediately successful, by virtue of its vigor, humor, and realistic characterizations, it gave rise to numerous Simpliciades, many by Grimmelshausen writing under a pseudonym.

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