Cornelia Funke (born December 10, 1958 in Dorsten , North Rhine-Westphalia ) is a German author of children's and young people's books whose fantastic novels are internationally successful and a total of 20 million books have been translated into 37 languages.
After her Abitur at the High School of St. Ursula in Dorsten Cornelia Funke moved to Hamburg and trained as a diploma teacher . For three years she worked as a teacher at a construction playground and studied in parallel, book illustration at the technical college for design in Hamburg. She got into writing herself through her work as an illustrator of children's books . Cornelia Funke also worked on scripts for the television series Siebenstein .
The international breakthrough came in 2002 when her book Herr der Diebe, which was published by Dressler Verlag in Germany in 2000 , was published by Scholastic in the USA and was on the bestseller lists there for many months. Funke attributes the discovery of this book for the English-speaking world to Clara, a bilingual girl who complained to Harry Potter's publisher , Barry Cunningham , that she could not share her favorite book with her school friends in England. Funke's cousin then wrote a rough translation into English, on the basis of which the contract with the English publisher was concluded. This book has now been translated into 23 languages. Her novel Inkheart was published in September 2003 in Germany, Great Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia. In 2004 the English translation of the book Drachenreiter was published.
The total circulation of her books at the end of 2004 was just over 10 million copies. Some of her books have been translated into 37 languages (as of 2008). In 2005, TIME magazine ranked her among the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2008 her books had a total circulation of 15 million, in October 2012 there were already over 20 million worldwide.
In contrast to the Harry Potter novels by Joanne K. Rowling , the publishers of the Spiegel bestseller list refused to include Funke's works for a long time despite enormous sales figures. The predominantly young readership was given as the reason. This classification was only changed with the third and final volume of the Ink World Trilogy , and Tintentod immediately took first place on October 4, 2007.
In September 2010, Funke's new novel Reckless was published. Stone meat simultaneously in Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico, Spain, France and Norway. It is the prelude to the first major series of novels after the Ink World trilogy. In 2011, Funke wrote the book Der Bücherfresser for the 200th Pixi book series. In September 2012, Lebendige Schatten, the second part of their Reckless series, was released .
In order to be as creative and commercially independent as possible in the sound implementation of their stories, Funke founded the audio book label Breathing Books together with Eduardo García, owner and producer of the Hamburg recording studio German Wahnsinn .
Many of her works have been published as audio versions by Oetinger audio , Jumbo Verlag and Hörverlag and were partly on the hr2 audio book best list (including the episode Fuchsalarm of the series Die Wilden Hühner , spoken by the author herself, as well as the Inkworld trilogy and Herr the thief ).
As a continuation of Drachenreiter , The Feather of a Greif was published on September 26, 2016 , simultaneously as a book and audio book.
The film director Guillermo del Toro asked Funke to turn his film Pan's Labyrinth into a novel. The labyrinth of the Faun was created in cooperation, and was published on July 2, 2019 by S. Fischer, among others. It is the first book that Funke has written in English.
Cornelia Funke lived in Hamburg-Wohldorf-Ohlstedt until May 2005 and then moved to Los Angeles in the United States with her husband Rolf Frahm, whom she married in 1979, and their two children . Her husband died of colon cancer on March 5, 2006 at the age of 58. The trained printer had later studied architecture, but gave up this career to support his wife, whose best advisor he was.
In January 2009 she became a bear heart ambassador. In February 2010 she became the official godmother of the Bethel Children's Hospice for dying children. Since May 2012 she has been one of the German ambassadors of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity .
She has lived on an avocado farm in Malibu since 2017 .
- Ghost hunters on an icy trail , 1994
- Ghost hunters in fire , 1994
- Ghost hunters in the horror castle , 1995
- Ghost hunters in great danger , 2001
- The Wild Chickens , 1993
- The wild chickens on a school trip , 1996
- The Wild Chickens, Fuchsalarm , 1998
- The Wild Chickens and Happiness on Earth , 2000
- The Wild Chickens and Love , 2003
More Die-Wilden-Hühner books
- Die Wilden Hühner - The gang book to join in , 2001
- The Wild Chickens - My Diary , 2004
- The Wild Chickens and Love , 2008
- The Wild Chickens Fox Alert
- The Wild Chickens and Life ( with Thomas Schmid )
- The wild chickens chicken is gone
- The wild chickens on a school trip
- Dragon Rider , 1997
- The pen of a griffin , 2016
The novel Drachenreiter is based on Funke's debut novel The Great Dragon Search , but represents a significantly expanded and revised story
- Inkheart , 2003
- Ink Blood , 2005
- Tintentod , 2007 ( No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from October 8th to 28th, 2007 )
More Inkworld books
- Jane Mason, Alex Boegerl, Sarah Hines-Stephens: Cornelia Funkes Inkheart - The Filmstory , 2008
- Karin Piper-Staisch: The World of Inkheart , with illustrations by Cornelia Funke, 2008
- Reckless. Steinernes Fleisch , 2010, extended new edition 2020 ( No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from September 27th to October 10th, 2010 )
- Reckless. Living Shadows , 2012
- Reckless. The golden thread , 2015
- The great dragon hunt. Or Ben and Lisa fly to the roof of the world in 1988
- Behind Enchanted Windows , 1989
- No biscuit for goblins , 1989
- Lilli and Flosse , 1990
- Potilla , 1992
- Monster Face , 1993
- Captain Knitterbart and his gang , 1993
- Ene-mene puzzle fun with vampires , 1994
- Tales of Knights , 1994
- Two wild little witches , 1994
- Shaggy Claw, the Earth Monster , 1994
- When Santa Claus fell from the sky , 1994
- Captain Knitterbart on Treasure Island , 1995
- Greta and Owl, dog sitter 1995
- The moonlight dragon , 1996
- Little werewolf , 1996
- The Enchanted Classroom , 1997
- Scary puzzle with vampires , 1997
- Hands off Mississippi , 1997
- Animal Tales , 1997
- Princess Isabella , 1997
- Darned and Hexed , 1998
- Fat Friends , 1998
- Igraine Fearless , 1998
- Attic stories , illustrations: Wilfried Gebhard . 1998
- Beach Stories , 1999
- The pirate pig , 1999
- The lost loose tooth , 2000
- Lord of the Thieves , 2000
- Mick and Mo in the Wild West , 2000
- Fat girlfriends and the horse thief , 2001
- The mysterious knight nameless , 2001
- The most beautiful first reading stories , 2002
- Emma and the Blue Djinn 2002
- Kribbel Krabbel Käferwetter , 2003
- Reading stories from Anna , 2003
- Lucky Fairy , 2003
- The wildest brother in the world , 2004
- Mick and Mo in space , 2004
- Cornelia Funke tells of book eaters, attic ghosts and other heroes , 2004
- Rosanna's big brother , 2005
- Where happiness grows . With pictures by Regina Kehn . 2008
- The Monster from the Blue Planet , 2008
- The lost angel , 2009
- The Book Eater , 2011
- Ghost Knight , 2011
- The most beautiful reading lion stories , 1998
- The Labyrinth of the Faun (together with Guillermo del Toro), Roman, S. Fischer, 2019
- Die Wilden Hühner , voiced by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag , Hamburg 1998
- Igraine Ohnefurcht , spoken by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2000
- The wild chickens and the happiness of the earth , spoken by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2000
- When Santa Claus fell from the sky , spoken by Karl Menrad , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2001
- Hands off Mississippi , voiced by Fritzi Haberlandt , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- The Wild Chickens on a School Trip , spoken by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- The secret knowledge of the wild chickens , spoken by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- The wild chickens. Fuchsalarm , spoken by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- Lord of the Thieves , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- Kleiner Werwolf , voiced by Karl Menrad , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- Two wild little witches , voiced by Fritzi Haberlandt , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- Greta und Eule, dog sitter , spoken by Julia Fischer , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2002
- The moonlight dragon and other stories , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2003
- Die Wilde Hühner und die Liebe , spoken by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2003
- Potilla , voiced by Cornelia Funke, published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2005
- Ink heart , voiced by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2003
- No biscuit for goblins , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2004
- Big friends / Mick and Mo , spoken by Karl Menrad , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2004
- Cornelia Funke tells of book eaters , attic ghosts and other heroes , spoken by Gerd Baltus , Marion Elskis , Rolf Nagel and Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2005
- Ink blood , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2005
- Zottelkralle , voiced by Monty Arnold , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2006
- Tintentod , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2007
- Anna stories , spoken by Julia Jäger , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2008
- The whole ink world. Ink heart, ink blood, ink death , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2009
- Ghost hunters on an icy trail. The radio play , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2009
- Das kleine Hörbuch vom Großer Glück ( Gold ), Germany: Audiobook Award, 2009
- Ghost hunters in the fire haunt. The radio play , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2010
- Ghost hunters in the horror castle. The radio play , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2010
- Ghost hunters in great danger. The radio play , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2010
- Knight, sword and dragon's blood , voiced by Gerd Baltus , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2013
- Secret hiding place and witching hour , spoken by Rainer Strecker , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2013
- Cats, dogs, cheeky goats , spoken by Rolf Nagel , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2014
- Drachenspuk und Monsterschreck , voiced by Gerd Baltus , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2014
- Sun, sand and lots of sea , spoken by Marion Elskis , published by JUMBO Neue Medien & Verlag, Hamburg 2015
- The pen of a griffin , read by Rainer Stecker, published by Breathing Books , Hamburg 2016
- Geisterritter - Das Hörspiel (2 CDs), 2016
- Reckless: Living shadows
- Reckless: Stone flesh
- Drachenreiter - The radio play
Works for media
- The Wild Chickens - Stolen Secrets (CD-ROM), 2004
- The Wild Chickens and the Ruby Heart Hunt ( Nintendo DS ), 2008
- Inkheart (Nintendo DS)
- In 2004, Inkheart was premiered by the Hanover Theater.
- In 2004 Lord of Thieves premiered at the Junge Theater Bonn .
- In 2004 Potilla was premiered by Theater Oberhausen .
- In 2005 Drachenreiter was performed at the Junge Theater Bonn.
- In 2006 the musical Inkheart was premiered at the Junge Theater Bonn.
- In 2007 Lord of Thieves was performed at the Waldbühne Heessen.
- In 2007 THEATER MARIO first performed Die Glücksfee as a puppet theater in Germany.
- In 2007, When Santa Claus fell from the sky, the musical ensemble of the city of Hamm premiered.
- In 2007 the Augsburger Puppenkiste adapted the book When Santa Claus fell from the sky .
- In 2008 Tintentod was premiered by the Hanover Theater.
- In 2009, Emma and the Blue Djinn from the Chapeau Claque e. V. performed in the theater of the same name in Bamberg.
- In 2010 Reckless: Steinernes Fleisch was premiered by the Dresden State Theater.
- In 2012 Geisterritter was performed at the Thalia Theater , Hamburg
- 2017 was Inkheart in Bad Vilbel Castle Festival listed
- 2018 was Drachenreiter in Lübeck Theater premiered as a child and youth opera (by Jan Henning Kothe Pezold and)
- 2005: Lord of the Thieves
- 2006: The Wild Chickens
- 2007: The wild chickens and love
- 2007: Hands off Mississippi
- 2008: Inkheart
- 2009: The wild chickens and life
- 2011: When Santa Claus fell from the sky
- 2015: Ghost hunters - On the icy trail
- 2017: When Santa Claus fell from the sky
- 2020: Dragon Rider
- January 20 to May 20, 2013 Cornelia Funke - ink heart, wild chickens and ghost hunters. The fantastic imagery from early children's books to Reckless , exhibition in the Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen
- April 25, 2014 to January 11, 2015 Cornelia Funke. Another world. , Günter Grass House , Lübeck
Awards and honors
- 1998: Kalbach rattlesnake for dragon riders
- 1999: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book Die Wilden Hühner
- 2000: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book Igraine Ohnefurcht
- 2000: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book Herr der Diebe
- 2000: Wildweibchenpreis for the complete work
- 2001: La vache qui lit for Lord of the Thieves
- 2001: Kalbach rattlesnake for Lord of the Thieves
- 2001: Young Readers Jury Prize for Thief Lord
- 2002: Evangelical Book Prize for Lord of Thieves
- 2003: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book Hands Off Mississippi
- 2003: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book ink heart
- 2003: Corine for Lord of the Thieves
- 2003: Mildred L. Batchelder Award for Lord of the Thieves
- 2003: Nordstemmer sugar beet for little werewolf
- 2004: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book
- 2004: Prize of the Young Readers Jury for Inkheart
- 2004: Fantastic Prize from the city of Wetzlar for ink heart
- 2004: Kalbach rattlesnake for Inkheart
- 2004: BDS literature prize for the complete works
- 2005: The most influential German in the world, a rating by TIME Magazine
- 2005: Nomination for the HörKules and hr2 audio book best list for the audio book Ink Blood
- 2008: Nomination for the German Audio Book Prize (Best Children's Audio Book ) for the audio book Ink Heart
- 2008: hr2 audio book best list for the audio book Tintentod
- 2008: Roswitha Prize
- 2008: Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
- 2008: Bambi in the culture category
- 2008: German Fantastic Prize for the best novel Tintentod
- 2009: HörKules and SR best list for the audio book Tintentod
- 2009: Jacob Grimm Prize
- 2010: Children's radio play award of the city of Karlsruhe for the radio play Ghost hunters on an icy trail
- 2010: CD of the month from IfaK and the Listening Foundation for the radio play Gespensterjäger in der Gruselburg
- 2014: Kalbach rattlesnake for ghost knights
- 2015: Annette von Droste Hülshoff Prize
- 2015: Bavarian Book Prize , Honorary Prize from the Bavarian Prime Minister for the entire work.
- 2016: LovelyBooks reader award in the category children's book for dragon riders - The feather of a griffin
- 2017: Deutscher Phantastik Prize for the best German-language audio book: Drachenreiter - The feather of a griffin
- 2020: German Youth Literature Prize - Special Prize "Complete Works" Author
- Saskia Heber: The book within the book. Self-reference, intertextuality and myth adaptation in Cornelia Funke's ink trilogy . Ludwig Verlag, Kiel 2010 ISBN 978-3-86935-031-8 . At the same time: Diss. Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 2009.
- Hildegunde Latsch: Cornelia Funke - spy for children . Cecilie Dressler Verlag, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-7915-2900-4 . In this first work biography, which is available in German, in addition to Funke's career, the development of her stories and the translations as well as Funke's narrative means are presented and the subject areas contained in the books are specified. The appendix contains the list of works and sources and an overview of the literary prizes awarded to the author to date. The volume is supplemented by Funke's private photos and illustrations, among others in black and white and color.
- Sascha Löwenstein: Living literature and real words. About the magic of reading . In: Thomas Maier, Sascha Löwenstein (ed.): Word worlds . Verlag Die Blaue Eule, Essen 2005, pp. 8–25. One of the first essays on Funke's work; The author works on the metapoietic and literary didactic references of the novel Inkheart and examines the central question in the book, what significance reading and reading aloud have for human understanding of the self and the world.
- Timo Rouget: Funke, Cornelia . In: Christoph F. Lorenz (Ed.): Lexicon of Science Fiction Literature since 1900. With a look at Eastern Europe . Peter Lang, Frankfurt / Main 2016, ISBN 978-3-631-67236-5 , pp. 305–309.
- Christine Vogt (Ed.): Cornelia Funke - Inkheart, Wild Chicken and Ghost Hunters. The fantastic imagery from the early children's books to Reckless . Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld / Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-86678-807-7 .
- The most influential German in the world . In: Die Welt , April 15, 2005
- Germany, your artists - a writing world star: Cornelia Funke. TV report, Germany, 2008, 44 min., Director: Andreas Ammer , production: Bayerischer Rundfunk , first broadcast: July 9, 2008, Germany, your artists Cornelia Funke ( Memento from July 6, 2008 inthe ARD Internet Archive ), Cornelia Spark episode 3
- "Inkheart" made in Hollywood. TV report, Germany, 2008, 3:16 min., Director: Barbara Lueg, heute-journal , first broadcast: December 8, 2008, video ink heart made in Hollywood in the ZDFmediathek , accessed on June 1, 2012. (offline)
- Short biography and reviews of works by Cornelia Funke at perlentaucher.de
- Literature by and about Cornelia Funke in the catalog of the German National Library
- Cornelia Funke in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (English)
- Cornelia Funke in the Lexicon of Westphalian Authors
- Cornelia Funke in the Science Fiction Awards + Database (English)
- Works by and about Cornelia Funke at Open Library
- Homepage of Cornelia Funke (German, English, Spanish)
- Portrait of the author in Kidslife magazine, 2016
- Homepage of Funkes audio book label Breathing Books
- Interpretations and list of works in the author's lexicon of the University of Duisburg-Essen / Faculty of Humanities - German Studies
- “With 'Tintentod' on a reading tour” ( memento from April 24, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), NDR -Kulturjournal, November 19, 2007, with further links
- Cornelia Funke is the recipient of the Jacob Grimm Prize for German Language . ( Memento of April 27, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) May 12, 2009
- Interview with the Blue Side, April 2014
- “When it comes to writing, I like to be a dictator” . FAZ , November 2, 2007
- “Books don't live forever”. In: Der Tagesspiegel , November 21, 2007
- Cornelia Funke in an interview about locations in her work
- Reading and drawing interview 2007 about the ink world trilogy (video 30 min)
- Guest lecturer for the online course "The Future of Storytelling" at iversity, October 2013 (videos)
- A dragon in the jungle . In: Hannoversche Allgemeine, July 15, 2016
- Prophetess in her own country . FAZ.net
- Hildegunde Latsch: Cornelia Funke - Spionin der Kinder , Hamburg 2008, p. 159
- The book isn't the only real thing . stern.de
- report : Which books are taken into account for the bestseller lists: ... "Children's and young people's books are generally not taken into account. However, books that also reach adults on a large scale beyond the target group of children and young people" , loaded on 31 July 2019
- German madness
- Breathing books / Cornelia Funke founds her own audio book publisher. In: boersenblatt.net. Retrieved October 5, 2016 .
- Breathing Books
- New novel by Cornelia Funke at S. Fischer - inspired by Guillermo del Toro's »Pan's Labyrinth« . buchreport.de, October 5, 2018; accessed July 2, 2019
- Der Sonntag , (Karlsruhe), December 16, 2018, p. 6.
- FAZ , 6./7. October 2012, C2.
- Cornelia Funke is back . ( Memento of September 21, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) RP, September 18, 2010, p. A7
- Bärenherz Foundation: Bärenherz Foundation - Ambassador. Retrieved February 27, 2019 .
- Bethel Children's Hospice - Cornelia Funke. Retrieved February 16, 2010 .
- UN Decade of Biological Diversity | Cornelia Funke
- Der Sonntag (Karlsruhe), December 16, 2018, p. 6.
- Gold / platinum database of the Federal Music Industry Association , November 8, 2015
- Breathing Books: Dragon Rider - The Feather of a Griffin. In: Breathing Books. Retrieved October 4, 2016 .
- Audiobooks Archive - Cornelia Funke. Retrieved on February 13, 2018 (German).
- Culture and School Service Bamberg: Project overview 2009/2010 - Chapeau Claque e. V. Emma and the blue Djinn (PDF 1.2 MB; p. 7)
- Cornelia Funke. Another world. ( Memento from April 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Page of the Günter Grass House on the exhibition; accessed on April 16, 2014. Cornelia Funke's fantastic world in the Grass House. ( Memento from August 14, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) In: Zeit Online , April 23, 2014. Tilman Spreckelsen: Cornelia Funke exhibition. She paints the wild fairytale heroes herself. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , June 19, 2014.
- Helmut Glück , Walter Krämer , Eberhard Schöck (Ed.): German Language Culture Prize 2009 - Speeches and Speeches . Paderborn 2009, ISBN 978-3-931263-90-4 .
- Press release of the Association of Westphalia-Lippe from September 10, 2015
- Announcement on the award of the prize , accessed on November 6, 2015.
- Special award "Complete Works" Author , jugendliteratur.org, October 16, 2020, accessed on October 17, 2020.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German author of children's and young people's books|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 10, 1958|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dorsten , Westphalia|