Ludwig Thoma

''Ludwig Thoma'', by [[Karl Klimsch Ludwig Thoma (; 21 January 1867 in Oberammergau – 26 August 1921 in Tegernsee) was a German author, publisher and editor, who gained popularity through his partially exaggerated description of everyday Bavarian life.

After graduation from the Imperial Latin School in Landstuhl (today: Sickingen- Gymnasium Landstuhl), he first studied Forestry in Aschaffenburg, then Law until 1893 in Munich and Erlangen. Subsequently, he settled down as a lawyer, at first in Dachau, later in Munich.

After 1899, he worked for the magazine ''Simplicissimus'' and published humorous narrations, comedies, novels and stories. Thoma satirized Bavarian rural and small-town life. His serious peasant novels ''Andreas Vöst'' (1905), ''Der Wittiber'' (1911), and ''Der Ruepp'' (1922), as well as his humorous collections ''Assessor Karlchen'' (1900), ''Lausbubengeschichten'' (''Tales of a Rascal'', 1904), and ''Tante Frieda'' (''Aunt Frieda'', 1906), are characterized by authenticity of regional language and life. Thoma's dramas, including ''Die Medaille'' (''The Medal'', 1901), ''Das Säuglingsheim'' (''The Orphanage'', 1913), and especially ''Moral'' (1908), reflect elements of folk theatre.

In 1907 he married 25-year-old Marietta di Rigardo, who was born in the Philippines. The marriage, however, did not last; Marietta was soon bored and by 1911 Thoma and Marietta were divorced. In the later years of his life, he wrote nationalistic propaganda agitating against left-wing politicians (e.g. for the newspaper ''Miesbacher Anzeiger'').

During World War I he served as a medical orderly. In July 1917 he joined the German Fatherland Party.

His best-known works are ''Der Münchner im Himmel'' (''The Munich Man in Heaven''), which was adapted into an animated short film released in 1962, the ''Lausbubengeschichten'' (''Tales of a Rascal'') and ''Jozef Filsers Briefwexel'' (''Jozef Filser's Letters''). ''Lausbubengeschichten'' was made into a movie in 1964, also released in English under the title ''''. Provided by Wikipedia
Showing 1 - 1 of 1 for search: 'Thoma, Ludwig', query time: 0.04s
Search Tools: Get RSS Feed Email this Search