This is the next in a series on writers and poets who were affected by World War One.
Erich Maria Remarque
June 22, 1898, Osnabruck, Germany as Erich Paul Remark
Remarque began writing around the age of 16. He was descended from French ancestors who fled after the French Revolution. The third of four children, the family was working class and moved around the city often.
World War One:
Conscripted as a teenager, Remarque served on the Western Front until he was injured. He spent the remainder of the war in the hospital.
Remarque is best known for his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, a story that focuses on the mental and physical conditions soldiers encountered at the front. The majority of the main characters in the story were teenagers as Remarque had been, their hopes and dreams dashed by the war. The sequel, The Road Back, deals with soldiers trying to readjust to civilian life. Its theme of disillusionment and post traumatic stress was based on Remarque’s own experience.
He changed his name for the publication of All Quiet on the Western Front.
September 25, 1970
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