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 Wulf Kirsten

Wulf Kirsten was born in Klipphausen on 21 st June 1934. He went to secondary school in Meißen, before completing a business apprenticeship in a bakery. He later went on to become a construction worker, after which he was employed as a clerk and administrator in a retail cooperative. From 1957 to 1960 he was enrolled at the Workers' and Farmers' faculty at the University of Leipzig. From 1960 to 1964 he continued his studies there, qualifying as a teacher of German and Russian. In spite of this, he only worked as a teacher for a very short period. From 1965 to 1987 he was an editor at the Aufbau publishing-house in Weimar. Since 1987 he has been living and working in Weimar as a freelance writer.

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  • 1972 Louis Fürnberg Prize
  • 1983 Literature and Art Prize of the City of Weimar
  • 1985 Johannes R. Becher Prize
  • 1987 Peter Huchel Prize
  • 1989 Heinrich Mann Prize
  • 1990 Book Prize of the German Association of Protestant Bookshops
  • 1991 Prize for Literature of the Arts Prize Berlin
  • 1993 Elisabeth Langgässer Prize
  • 1994 Fedor Malchow Prize for Poetry
  • 1994 Weimar Prize
  • 1995 Erwin Strittmatter Prize
  • 1997 Henning Kaufmann Foundation Prize
  • 1999 Horst Bienek Prize
  • 2000 Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize
  • 2002 'Schillerring' of the German Schiller Association in Weimar
  • 2003 Honorary Doctorate from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena
  • 2004 Eichendorff Prize of the Wangener Society for Literature and the Arts
  • 2006 Joseph-Breitbach-Prize
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