Although Eduard Mörike (MUR-ree-kuh) is famous for his poetry, and many of his poems have been set to music, he was not primarily a poet. His first publication was a three-hundred-page novella in two parts, Maler Nolten (1832; Nolten the Painter: A Novella in Two Parts, 2005). He also wrote seven shorter works; the most well-known is Mozart auf der Reise nach Prag (1855; Mozart’s Journey from Vienna to Prague: A Romance of His Private Life, 1897). Of particular significance for his poetry are his translations of classical poetry that retain the stanza form of the original. His editorial work attests to his interest in the works of contemporary Swabian poets and novelists, as well as in Greek and Roman poetry.
During Eduard Mörike’s lifetime, very few German literary awards were being awarded, as most awards were not established until the twentieth century. For that reason, the recognition he received carries all the more weight. In 1847, Mörike won the Tiedge Prize for his Idylle vom Bodensee oder Fischer Martin und die Glockendiebe. In 1852, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Tübingen, and in 1862, the king of Bavaria awarded him the Order of Maximilian for Arts and Sciences. In 1864, Mörike was awarded the Knight’s Cross First Class of the Württemberg Order of Friedrich.
Adams, Jeffrey Todd, ed. Mörike’s Muses: Critical Essays on Eduard Mörike. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1990. Essays in this critical and biographical study examine the elements which inspired Mörike.
Mare, Margaret Laura. Eduard Mörike: The Man and His Work. London: Methuen, 1957. Study of the life and work of Mörike.
Slessarev, Helga. Eduard Mörike. New York: Twayne, 1970. Critical and biographical study.