Erwin Gimmelsberger

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Erwin Gimmelsberger (born September 8, 1923 in Eberschwang , Upper Austria ; † June 19, 2003 in Salzburg ) was a poet, prose writer, journalist and founder of the Rauriser Literaturtage .


Gimmelsberger came to Salzburg as a toddler and started working as a journalist. He headed the office of the Austrian news agency APA ( Austria Press Agency ), but also devoted himself to fiction and took part in readings early on. In 1970 he proclaimed the foundation of the Rauris Literature Days, which took place for the first time from February 17 to 21, 1971. In cooperation with Hans Weigel , prominent younger speakers such as Ilse Aichinger , Thomas Bernhard and Gerhard Amanshauser could be found in the first year . The event established itself in the German-speaking literature business. It was directed by Gimmelsberger himself until 1988.

Gimmelsberger received numerous awards, including the Günter Eich Prize (1988), the Rauris Citizens' Prize for Literature (1985) and the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art (1982) and the Theodor Körner Prize for Literature (1976).

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