BORN 26 Jun 1906, Trittenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz: Dhrönchen - DIED 29 Jun 1970, Roma, Lazio|
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Campo Santo Teutonico, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri
Stefan Andres was the son of a miller and he spent his first
years in the Breitwiesmühle near Dhrönchen. In 1910 the family
gave up the mill and moved to Schweich. He joined the Barmherzigen
Brüdern von Maria Hilf in Trier and later the Armen-Brüder des
heiligen Franziskus near Aachen. The charity work didn't suit
him and in 1926 he took a teacher exam in Neuss. In 1928 he
became the editor of the Catholic magazine Der Marienborn and
he published his first stories.|
He decided that he would no longer focus on theology and studied German studies, art history and philosophy in Köln, Jena and Berlin. In Jena he met his future wife Dorothee Freudiger. After his book "Bruder Lucifer" was published it earned hi a stipendium and he travelled to Italy in 1932 without completing his studies.
From 1933 onwards he fully worked as an author. His wife was Jewish and in 1937 he emigrated to Italy with her. He lived and worked in Positano until 1949. In 1950 they returned to Germany where they lived in Unkel. Soon after his return he received the Rheinischen Literaturpreis and more awards followed. He was disappointed with post war Germany and once more emigrated to Italy in 1961. In 1968 he travelled to Asia, but in 1970 he died after an operation in Rome.
He was buried af the Campo Santo Teutonico in Rome. His wife Dorothee died in 2002 and was buried beside him. His literary estate is in the German Literature Archive in Marbach.
Schriftsteller Lexikon, VEB Bibiographisches Institut Leipzig, Leipig, 1990