Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

Christian Morgenstern was an active translator of Scandinavian literature. Among his translations are August Strindberg’s Inferno (1897) in 1898; a large number of plays and poems for the German edition of Henrik Ibsen’s work; and Knut Hamsun’s Aftenrøde (1898) in 1904 as Abendröte, and his Livets spil (1896) in 1910 as Spiel des Lebens. Morgenstern also translated the works of Frederick the Great. There are two editions of his letters, Ein Leben in Briefen (1952) and Alles um des Menschen willen (1962). Otherwise, Morgenstern is known chiefly for his poems.