Gottfried Benn

Gottfried Benn (1886–1956) earned his medical degree in 1910 and began publishing poems two years later. The leading poet of German expressionism, and the author of brilliant essays and dialogues, he spent both world wars as an officer attached to the German Medical Corps. Benn lived and practiced in Berlin, was married three times, and won the Georg Büchner Prize in 1951.


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Gottfried Benn; Translated from the German and Edited by Michael Hofmann
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

An extraordinary collection of poetry and prose from the master of German expressionism The first poem in Gottfried Benn’s first book, Morgue (1912)—written...


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