Peter Rosegger as the farmers’ boy and successful writer. A stylish stamp introduced by Austria Post

June 21st, 2018

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the Styrian author Peter Rosegger. To mark this occasion, Austrian Post is dedicating a commemorative stamp to the writer who always retained close links to his home. He was a son of a farmer and grew up in the forests and fields. Rosegger went on to become a most productive poet and author as well as an insightful teacher and visionary. He is also considered as one of the most talented Austrian authors of 19th century.

Peter Rosegger was born on 31st July 1843 in Alpl near Krieglach in Styria. He was the oldest of seven children and couldn`t attend school regularly as he had to help his parents who were foresters. Then he learned the tailor’s trade. In the course of his work as a travelling tailor, he visited many people and learned a great deal about their lives. He soon developed a passion for reading and started to write his own stories and poems.

Throughout his life Peter Rosegger remained very attached to his home. In his expansive narrative “Waldheimat” he describes his memories of his childhood and youth, and the novel “Jakob der Letzte” addresses the fate of Styrian mountain farmers in the age of industrialisation. Peter Rosegger got many awards for his work and for his social engagement, such as the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art and the Order of Franz Joseph, as well as being nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on 26th June 1918 in his home in Krieglach. No other person has left such lasting traces in the region and throughout Styria. Peter Rosegger’s works have not lost any of their fascination and relevance till today.

 

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