Nobel Prize for Literature Recipient. Paul Heyse was awarded the 1910 Nobel Prize in Literature, according to the Nobel Prize Committee, for "a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories." Regarded as a master of the short novel, his style was elegant and conservative, and he seldom depicted the dark side of life. The 1855 novella, "The Fury,” a love story set in Italy, and the 1882 novel, "Children of the World,” are probably his best works. Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse was born in Berlin. After classical studies in Italy, he settled in Munich, where he spearheaded a school of writers who defended traditional artistic values. He later bitterly opposed Naturalism and other new literary trends. Hugely prolific, Heyse penned 120 novellas, six novels, several volumes of poetry, and translations into German of Italian poets; he also wrote 50 plays, none of them successful. His reputation faded in the early 1900s. With one single nomination, his receiving of the Nobel Prize, at age 80, was widely disputed. The nomination was made by a great number of professors and others in Munich, Berlin, Breslau, Halle, Leipzig and Vienna; no prior Nobel Prize recipient was involved with this candidate's nomination, which was unusual.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards