Franz Treller

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Grave of Franz Treller in the Wehlheiden cemetery in Kassel

Franz Treller (born October 15, 1839 in Kassel ; † June 28, 1908 there ) was a German actor , director and writer .


Franz Treller was born the son of a shoemaker in Kassel. After attending community school, he completed an apprenticeship in banking. However, he was far more interested in the theater. After training to be an actor, he worked as an actor in Oldenburg , Bremen and Königsberg . From 1866 until the theater was destroyed by fire in 1881, he was director, dramaturge and actor at the German theater in Riga .

After stops in Moscow and Vienna , he returned to Kassel in 1884 and became chief editor of the Kasseler Allgemeine Zeitung . From 1890 he worked as a freelance writer .

Franz Treller died in his hometown in 1908 at the age of 68.


The last Hohenstaufe , 1906

Franz Treller became famous for his adventure novels in the style of Karl May , which were widely read until the 1960s.

At first Treller wrote historical adventure novels, often for a young audience, the plot of which was often related to the history of his Hessian homeland. So he treated z. B. in Forgotten Heroes the fate of Hessian soldiers during the American Revolutionary War . More important, however, were his youth novels and youth stories, which were mostly preprinted in the popular boys' magazine Der Gute Kamerad or in the yearbook Das Neue Universum and later found wide distribution in numerous book editions. With the publications in Der Gute Kamerad Treller entered into direct competition with Karl May, who also published youth stories here.

Works (selection)


  • The last rungs of the wolf family
  • The sons of Arimunt
  • A sunken world
  • Forgotten heroes
  • The child of the prairie
  • The hero of Trenton. A story from the American independence struggle ( Stuttgart anno 1903 online  - Internet Archive )
  • The last Hohenstaufe
  • Der König der Miamis (New edition: Nikunthas, König der Miami. An adventure story from North America / Franz Treller. - Completely revised and re-edited by Georg J. Feurig-Sorgefrei. Ed. And with an afterward vers. By Joerg Sommermeyer , Orlando Syrg, Berlin 2010; ISBN 978-3-00-029851-6 ; )

Published by Union Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart, Berlin, Leipzig:

  • Hung-Li , A Chinese Story
  • Blown tracks
  • The last of the "Admiral" (comrade library volume 2)
  • The Gaucho's Son (Comrade Library Volume 5)
  • The grandson of kings (comrade library volume 10)
  • The Prisoner of the Aimaras (Comrade Library Volume 12)
  • Under the Roman helmet , A story from the time of Emperor Domitian, undated


  • The king's fool.

Web links

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