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Dieter Wellershoff, born in Neuss (on the Rhine), served in the Second World War and, after the war, finished high school in 1946. From 1947 to 1952 he studied German literature psychology, and art history in Bonn, graduating with a Ph.D. Since 1956 he has been a freeland writer, interrupted by his work as an editor for the Kiepenheuer & Witsch publishing house from 1959 to 1981. He lives in Cologne, where he founded the Cologne School of Realism (Kölner Realismus), one of several attempts to revive the traditions of realism during the 1960s. He is an influential and prolific writer whose novels, stories, essays, radio plays and television scripts have earned him many awards, including the Heinrich Böll Prize in 1988. He has been visiting professor on several occasions, including at Warwick, England, in 1973 and at Gainesville, Florida, in 1992.

Bleibe (Stay) from Werke, Band 2 (Cologne: Verlag Kiepenheuer und Witsch, 1996): Vol. 5, No. 3

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