Ludwig Scharf

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Ludwig Scharf (portrait of Albert Weisgerber )

Ludwig Scharf (born February 2, 1864 in Meckenheim (Palatinate) , then Kingdom of Bavaria , † August 21, 1939 at Patosfa Castle near Kaposvár , then Kingdom of Hungary ) was a German poet and translator .

The severely disabled Ludwig Scharf - he lost a foot as a pupil due to illness - grew up in Blieskastel and attended the local grammar school before he switched to the grammar school in Zweibrücken in 1879 . After graduating from high school in 1884, he moved to Munich , where he began studying natural sciences, law and philology, but did not finish it. During his studies he was a member of the academic-philosophical association in Munich. As a member of the Society for Modern Life and the literary association “ Elf Executioners ”, he was a central figure in Munich Modernism . There he was friends with the Saar-Palatinate painter Albert Weisgerber , who made some portraits of Scharf.

Scharf published his poems in modern literary magazines such as Die Jugend , Simplicissimus , Pan and the Zürcher Diskußjonen . His volume of poems, Lieder eines Menschen , published in 1892, is considered one of the most important lyrical works of naturalism .

Before the First World War, Scharf moved with the painter and writer Ella Somsich (pseudonym Elohim Sorah) to their castle in Somogy County , southwest Hungary.



  • Ernst Kreowski : A “Tschandala” poet. (Ludwig Scharf) . In: The New Time . Weekly of the German Social Democracy . 23.1904-1905, Volume 1 (1905), Issue 26, pp. 857-861. Digitized
  • Hans Cappel: Ludwig Scharf , in: Saarpfalz, Blätter für Geschichte und Volkskunde, 2000/3, S., Homburg / St. Ingbert 2000.

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  2. Also in Modern Life. A collector's book of Munich modernism. With contributions by Otto Julius Bierbaum, Julius Brand, MG Conrad, Anna Croissant-Rust, Hanns von Gumppenberg, Oskar Panizza, Ludwig Scharf, Georg Schaumberger, R. v. Seydlitz Ms. Wedekind. 1st row, Munich 1891.