Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

Gottfried Benn was primarily a poet, but he did write some significant works in other genres, most notably a collection of novellas, Gehirne (1916; brains); a novel, Roman des Phänotyp (1944; novel of the phenotype); the essay Goethe und die Naturwissenschaften (1949; Goethe and the natural sciences); his autobiography, Doppelleben (1950; double life); and a theoretical treatise, Probleme der Lyrik (1951; problems of lyric poetry). His writings also include other prose and dramatic works.