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Toller, Ernst

Born: 1893 AD
Died: 1939 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Dramatist, Playwrights, Poets

Ernst Toller is a German dramatist, poet, and political agitator.

1893 – Born 1st of December in Samotschin, Posen, Prussia.

Volunteered for military duty, spent thirteen months on the Western Front.

First drama, Transformation (Die Wandlung), was to be inspired by his wartime experiences.

1919-1922 – Wrote plays "Transfiguration" 1919, "Man and the Masses" 1920, "The Machine-Wreckers" 1922.

1925 – Played in a drama, Hoppla, We’re Alive (Hoppla, wir Leben!) directed by Erwin Piscator, premiered in Berlin.

1933 – While in Germany, he was detained by the Nazis.

1935 – Traveled to London and participated as co-director in the Manchester production of his play Rake Out the Fires (Feuer aus den Kesseln).

1936-1937 – Went on a lecture tour of the United States and Canada before settling in California, where he worked on screenplays which remained unproduced.

1939 – Committed suicide by hanging in his hotel room on 22nd of May.