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Erich Maria Remarque
Transcript of Erich Maria Remarque
Success as a Writer after WWI
published his first novel "Die Traumbude" (The Dream Room) in 1920
published "All Quiet on the Western Front" in 1929
novel was received with much criticism
was banned in Germany
exiled from Germany as a result of the book
published around fifteen other novels after "All Quiet on the Western Front"
Quotes from Remarque
"Life did not intend to make us perfect. Whoever is perfect belongs in a museum."
"The war ruined us for everything."
"A hospital alone shows what war is."
Life Before WWI
Born: June 22, 1898 in Osnabrück, Germany as Erich Paul Remarque
Lower middle-class family
Father was a bookbinder
Quotes about Remarque
"The power to move people by words, to arouse their sensibilities as well as their minds, was Erich Maria Remarque's to an extraordinary degree." - Alden Whitman
"We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men; we are crude and sorrowful and superficial--I believe we are lost."
Catholic Elementary School in Osnabrück
University of Münster
As a child, his hobbies included fishing and butterfly collecting.
When he became a teenager he developed a passion for piano.
Experiences During WWI
Entering the War
Drafted at 18
Was present in active combat for five months
During the War
Spent the majority of his time in the hospital
During the time, his Mother and close friend died
Released 4 days before the armistice
Died: September 25, 1970 (72 years old)
Spent his exile in Locarno, Switzerland with his second wife.