Theodor Fontane (1819-1898)

"Theodor Fontane (German: [ˈtʰeːodoɐ̯ fɔnˈtaːnə]; 30 December 1819 – 20 September 1898) was a German novelist and poet, regarded by many as the most important 19th-century German-language realist author. He published the first of his novels, for which he is best known today, only at age 58 after a career as a journalist.

Fontane’s novels are known for their complex, often sceptical view of society in the German empire; he shows different social and political parts of society meeting and sometimes clashing. Other trademarks of Fontane´s work are their strongly drawn female characters (such as Effi Briest and Frau Jenny Treibel), tender irony and vivid conversations between characters." - ( 30.01.2020)

What we know


son of Louis Henri Fontane (1796-1867)
was born Neuruppin December 30, 1819
died Berlin September 20, 1898
father of Friedrich Fontane (1864-1941)


Student Apotheker Berlin 1836-1840
professional / worker Writer 1839-1898
lived Świnoujście 1827-1832
Student Altes Gymnasium Neuruppin Neuruppin 1832-1833
Student Berliner Gewerbeschule Berlin 1833-1836
professional / worker Apotheker Burg bei Magdeburg Oktober 1840 - Dezember 1840
professional / worker Apotheker Leipzig 01.04.1841 - 30.06.1842
professional / worker Apotheker Dresden 01.07.1842 - 16.04.1843
professional / worker Apotheker Letschin 1843-1844
Traveller London Mai 1844 - Juni 1844
professional / worker Apotheker Letschin 01.04.1845 - 24.06.1845
professional / worker Apotheker Berlin 24.06.1845 - 30.09.1849
bridegroom Emilie Fontane (1824-1902) October 16, 1850
Traveller Cologne April 1852
Traveller Aachen April 1852

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