Paul Heyse


Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse

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Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1910

Born: 15 March 1830, Berlin, Prussia (now Germany)

Died: 2 April 1914, Munich, Germany

Residence at the time of the award: Germany

Prize motivation: “as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories”

Language: German

Prize share: 1/1


Paul Heyse was born in Berlin. After studying poetry at Berlin University, he moved to Bonn University to study Romance philology. In 1852, he received a doctorate for his dissertation on Provençal poetry. Later that year, he received a grant from the Prussian Ministry of Culture that allowed him to continue his studies in Rome and in various Italian libraries. Heyse later settled in Munich.


Paul Heyse wrote short stories, poetry, novels, and plays and translated Italian poetry. He was a member of two literary societies – Tunnel über der Spree and Die Krokodile. Heyse was perhaps most successful as a writer of short stories. One of his most well-known novellas is L’Arrabiata (1852). Heyse’s writings emphasize freedom and individuality.

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