Wassermann, Jakob

Wassermann, Jakob yä´kôp väs´ərmän [key], 1873–1934, Austrian novelist, b. Bavaria. He won international fame with Christian Wahnschaffe (1919 tr. The World's Illusion, 1920), a novel whose moral intensity and characterization have suggested comparison to Dostoyevsky. Other works popular in his lifetime include the novels Casper Hauser (1908, tr. 1928) and Ulrike Woytich (1923 tr. Gold, 1924). He also wrote an autobiography, Mein Weg als Deutscher und Jude (1921 tr. My Life as German and Jew, 1933), plays, biographies, and essays.

See study by J. C. Blankenagel (1942).

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