Evers, Hans Heinz

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August 11, 2022

Hans Heinz Evers (German: Hanns Heinz Ewers; November 3, 1871[...], Dusseldorf, Kingdom of Prussia - June 12, 1943[...], Berlin) is a German writer and poet, author of mystical stories and gothic novels. Among the most famous works: "Spider", "Alraune", "The Death of Baron von Friedel", the completion of Schiller's unfinished novel "The Spiritualist".

Biography

Evers came from an artistic family - his father, August Heinrich "Heinz" Evers (1817-1885), was a court painter to the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; mother, nee Maria Weert (1839-1926), a writer and translator, composed fairy tales, which also captivated her son. As a child, the future writer was a shy, daydreaming child with a pronounced love for animals and a penchant for challenging - qualities that Evers conveyed to his hero Frank Brown. He studied in Düsseldorf, and retained his dislike for the Wilhelmine school for the rest of his life. He began writing poetry at the age of 17, his first publication was an elegy on the death of Frederick III. Young Evers was easily carried away, writing heartfelt poems to his lovers, as well as angry odes of jealousy when he was rejected. Ewers' most important role model was Heinrich Heine, also living in Düsseldorf. During this time, the desire to become a writer, or at least a merchant, grew in Evers, "or something that gives you a glimpse of the whole world." Upon graduation in 1891, Evers was called up as a one-year volunteer for military service. He joined the Guards Grenadiers in Berlin. The nightlife of the big city attracted the young man more than military pursuits. After 44 days, he was released from service due to myopia. Then he entered the University of Berlin at the Faculty of Law. In 1892 he moved to Bonn, studied for two semesters in Geneva. More interested in the pleasures of college life than in academics, Ewers joined the student corporations Normannia Berlin and Guestphalia, where he quickly earned a reputation as a duelist and a bully and was expelled twice. Evers then began his legal service in Neuss and Düsseldorf. He neglected jurisprudence and quickly stood out for his sloppy work. He was engaged in literature, philosophy, occultism and hypnosis; last always