Sternheim, Carl

Sternheim, Carl

▪ German dramatist
in full  William Adolf Carl Sternheim  
born April 1, 1878, Leipzig, Ger.
died Nov. 3, 1942, Brussels, Belg.

      German dramatist best known for plainly written satiric comedies about middle-class values and aspirations.

      Sternheim, the son of a Jewish banker, grew up in Berlin. He studied philosophy, psychology, and law at the Universities of Munich, Göttingen, Leipzig, and Berlin and performed his military service in a cavalry regiment. His family's money and that of his first two wives left him free to write, and he traveled most of his life.

      He began writing plays at the age of 15, but his early plays were derivative. His best plays were produced from 1911 through 1916, being collectively titled Aus dem bürgerlichen Heldenleben (“From the Lives of Bourgeois Heroes”). The first play, Die Hose (The Underpants), was published and performed in 1911 under the title Der Riese (“The Giant”) because the Berlin police had forbidden the original title on the grounds of gross immorality. It has as its main character Theobald Maske. He and others of the Maske family also appear in Der Snob (published and performed 1914), 1913 (published 1915 and performed 1919), and Das Fossil (published 1925 and performed 1923), the four plays forming the Maske Tetralogy. The plays portray the family as self-indulgent social climbers masked by bourgeois propriety. Sternheim's later plays were less successful. The telegram-like language used by Sternheim in the early plays is a kind of bridge between Frank Wedekind (Wedekind, Frank) (whose daughter Pamela was his third wife) and Bertolt Brecht (Brecht, Bertolt). Sternheim is frequently named among the Expressionist dramatists, but he straightfacedly maintained he was a realist. The petite bourgeoisie he attacked were, of course, represented by his own family. Sternheim's short and long fiction was in an avant-garde style that precluded success. His autobiography, Vorkriegseuropa im Gleichnis meines Lebens (“Prewar Europe in the Image of My Life”), appeared in 1936. English translations of five of his plays, Die Hose (The Bloomers), Der Snob (The Snob), 1913, Das Fossil (The Fossil), and Bürger Schippel (performed and published 1913; translated as Paul Schippel, Esq.) appeared in Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Classes (1970).

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