Dieter Fringeli

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Dieter Fringeli (born July 17, 1942 in Basel ; † April 9, 1999 in Basel ) was a Swiss German scholar , literary critic and writer .


Dieter Fringeli was born in Basel in 1942 as the son of the poet Albin Fringeli and grew up in Nunningen . After graduating from high school, he studied German, history and philosophy at the Universities of Basel and Freiburg (Switzerland) .

As a student he published his first volume of poetry. He was one of the founders of the Olten Group and was on the board there for the first three years.

In 1967 Fringeli received his doctorate with a thesis on Alexander Xaver Gwerder . He then made a longer stay in Hamburg and worked for several years as a high school teacher in Basel. 1972–1974 he had a teaching position for new German literature at the ETH Zurich , in 1973 he also taught at the University of Lausanne . From 1976 to 1987 he was head of the features section of Basler Nachrichten resp. of the Basler Zeitung . During this time he became an esteemed literary critic. Since 1987 he has lived as a freelance writer in Basel, where he died in 1999.


  • 1969: Sponsorship award from the Canton of Solothurn
  • 1970: Scholarship from the Pro Helvetia Foundation
  • 1971: Art Prize of the Lions Club Basel
  • 1974: Work Prize of the Canton of Solothurn
  • 1974: Honorary gift from the Swiss Schiller Foundation
  • 1993: Literature Prize of the Canton of Solothurn
  • 1993: Entire Works Prize of the Swiss Schiller Foundation



  • Between the places. : it 5 linocuts by Celestino Piatti . Jeger-Moll, Breitenbach 1965.
  • What was obvious. Walter, Olten 1968.
  • Looking for the near. Private print, 1969.
  • Speak the word. Walter, Olten 1971.
  • Absolutely. New poems. Illustrated by Celestino Piatti. Eremiten-Presse (brochure 66), Düsseldorf 1975.
  • I am no longer countable. Arche, Zurich 1978.
  • Fainting and other poems from twenty years. Arche, Zurich 1981.
  • Word wound. Pendo, Zurich 1988.
  • Borderline pleasure. A reading poem with original woodcuts by Bruno Gasser . Eremiten-Presse (paperback 164), Düsseldorf 1991, ISBN 3-87365-259-5 .
  • Said below me. Pendo, Zurich 1991.
  • Minorities like love. Pendo, Zurich 1994.
  • i am my good right. Poems from the estate, with 10 songs based on poems from the cycle for soprano and percussion by Daniel Weissberg (on a CD) and with a foreword by Adolf Muschg . Night machine, Basel 2003, ISBN 3-85816-110-1 .

Prose, essays


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Part 2: Updating: 98 authors from German-speaking Switzerland , edited by Dieter Bachmann (= Gut zum Druck , Volume 2), Artemis, Zurich / Munich 1977, ISBN 3-7608-0446-2 .