Hans Schiebelhuth

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Hans Schiebelhuth (born October 11, 1895 in Darmstadt , † January 14, 1944 in East Hampton , New York , USA ) was an expressionist German writer and poet.


Hans Schiebelhuth studied in Munich in 1913/1914 and after his military service he maintained close contacts with the Munich artists. He had a lifelong friendship with his classmate, the later painter Carl Gunschmann, since he was at the Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium in Darmstadt . He wrote for magazines such as Der Weg and Münchner Blätter for poetry and graphics . From issue 4 to 11, Schiebelhuth was co-editor of the important Hanoverian magazine Der Zweemann (1919/1920). As a member of the Henndorfer Circle he was close friends with Carl Zuckmayer and also had connections to the circle around the poet Stefan George . With Carlo Mierendorff , Theodor Haubach and Fritz Usinger , Schiebelhuth worked on the magazine Das Tribunal in Darmstadt . Hessian radical sheets with, the continuation of the magazine Die Dachstube ; The tribunal was published from 1919 to 1921, edited by Carlo Mierendorff in the publishing house Die Dachstube . With his congenial translation of the novels Look Heimwärts, Engel! and from death to the morning of Thomas Wolfe Schiebelhuth was so well known that it its distinctive poetic work was often ignored. In the fall of 1923 he married the wealthy American Alice True Williams. In May 1937, Schiebelhuth and his wife went to the United States to be treated for his severe heart condition in a specialist clinic in New York . He did not return to Germany, but remained in correspondence with Fritz Usinger, Herbert Nette , Ernst Kreuder and other German friends. Schiebelhuth often met Carl Zuckmayer during those years.

Schiebelhuth died in his rural estate in East Hampton on Long Island .

Hans Schiebelhuth was buried in the Darmstadt forest cemetery (grave site: L 9a 11).



  • The little calendar. With drawings by IW Schülein. Publishing house Die Dachstube, Darmstadt 1919.
  • The swastika procession. Neodadaist unpoems. With original woodcuts by Victor Joseph Kuron, Die Dachstube Verlag, Darmstadt 1920.
  • Maropampa's hymn. With 12 hand-colored woodcuts by W. Müller-Worpswede. Hollander-Presse (hand prints of Hollander-Presse 1), Worpswede 1921.
  • Waystar poems. Lichtenstein Verlag, Weimar 1921 ( online  - Internet Archive ).
  • Shawm from Schelmenried. 1933.
  • Pierre Corneille: The Liar. Translated into German verse by Hans Schiebelhuth, with an afterword by Fritz Usinger, Heidelberg 1954 (publications of the German Academy for Language and Poetry 1).
  • Lyrical legacy. Edited by Fritz Usinger, Heidelberg, Darmstadt 1957 (publications by the German Academy for Language and Poetry 12).
  • Poems, broadcasts, prose, letters, theater reviews. Edited by Manfred Schlösser, 2 volumes, Darmstadt, Zurich 1966.


  • Ferdinand Barth: Hans Schiebelhuth (1885-1944). A poet from Darmstadt. Darmstadt 1985.
  • Gerd-Klaus Kaltenbrunner : Hans Schiebelhuth. Poet of God, love and the seasons. In: ders: On the Spirit of Europe. Volume II: Motherland Occident. Asendorf 1989, ISBN 3-89182-039-9 , pp. 502-517.
  • Paul Raabe : The late Expressionism 1918-1922. Exhibition catalog. Biberach ad Riss 1968, p. 47.
  • Fritz Usinger (Ed.): Hans Schiebelhuth. An introduction to his work. Wiesbaden 1967.
  • Carl Zuckmayer: Letters to Hans Schiebelhuth 1921-1936. Edited, introduced and commented on by Gunther Nickel . In: Zuckmayer yearbook. Vol. 6, 2003, pp. 9-85.


The Büchner Prize winner in 1946, Fritz Usinger , said of the volume of poetry “Wegstern”: “One can say of the Wegstern that it is one of the most beautiful and mature books of poetry of the Expressionist period” .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Claus K. Netuschil: Carl Gunschmann - Leben und Werk , Verlag der Saalbau-Galerie , Darmstadt 1985 (biographical sketch, p. 7)

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