Wolf von Niebelschütz

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Wolf Friedrich Magnus von Niebelschütz (born January 24, 1913 in Berlin , † July 22, 1960 in Hösel ) was a German poet , novelist and essayist .


He is the son of Ernst von Niebelschütz , grew up in Magdeburg , where his father was an editor, and attended the Pforta state school . Niebelschütz studied history in Vienna, but there is no evidence of matriculation for studying art in Munich.

Wolf von Niebelschütz then worked as an editor for the Magdeburgische Zeitung and the Rheinisch-Westfälische Zeitung. After the Second World War, in which he participated as a soldier, he worked as a freelance writer. In addition to biographies and commemorative publications for industry, Niebelschütz wrote two great novels, poems, dramas and essays.

The novel The Blue Chamberlain , inspired by a fragment of an opera exposition by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (to Die Liebe der Danae ), is set in a fictional Greek island world at the time of the Baroque . Niebelschütz mixes mythological and literary elements in it: In sprawling Baroque language, he allows figures such as Othello and Don Giovanni to appear alongside the gods of antiquity . In The Children of Darkness Niebelschütz creates a colorful picture of the High Middle Ages. Wolf von Niebelschütz died at the age of 47 just a few months after the publication of his second novel of the consequences of a brain tumor operation.


  • Price of grace. S. Fischer, Berlin 1939
  • Snowy depths. S. Fischer, Berlin 1940
  • The blue chamberlain: gallant novel in four volumes. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1949.
  • Eulenspiegel in Mölln: Verskomödie. First performance in 1950.
  • Star Music: Poems 1942-1951. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1951.
  • The white art: 125 years of JW Zanders. Fine paper factory Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach 1954.
  • Foreign affairs: comedy in 3 acts. Self-published, Hösel near Düsseldorf 1956.
  • The children of darkness . Diederichs, Düsseldorf 1959.
  • Free play of the mind: speeches and essays. Diederichs, Düsseldorf 1961.
  • Poems and dramas. Diederichs, Cologne 1962.
  • About poetry. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1979, ISBN 3-518-01637-7 .
  • About baroque and rococo. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1981, ISBN 3-518-01729-2 .
  • Barbadoro: narrative. Diederichs, Cologne 1982, ISBN 3-424-00731-5 .
  • Me too in Arcadia: disrespectful epistle to friends. Haffmans, Zurich 1987, ISBN 3-251-00101-9 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Die Quecke Ratinger and Angerländer Heimatblätter; Volume 50 (1980) page 10
  2. ^ A b Dominik Riedo: Wolf von Niebelschütz. Life and work. A biography . Lang, Bern 2013, ISBN 978-3-0343-1346-9 , pp. 63 .
  3. Delabar, Walter: Wolf von Niebelschütz . In: Stolberg-Wernigerode, Otto zu (Hrsg.): New German biography . tape 19 . Berlin 1999, p. 213-214 .