Erich Kastner was born in Dresden in 1899. He is the author of many novels, children's books, poems and essays. Together with other German writers, he tried to attack Hitler's totalitarism and lack of freedom with humour and pacifist ideals. Kastner's children's books reflected his social optimism based on his belief in the renewing power of the each new generation of youth. He was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 1960. Though he became popular through his children's books, he was also very successful among adults as a novelist and poet. Many of his books have been translated into English, including Emil and the Detectives (1929), Baron Munchhausen, his Wonderful Travels, Fabian, the story of a moralist (1931), The 35th of May, or Conrad's Ride to the South Seas (1931), Anna Luise and Anton (1932), The Flying Classroom (1933), Three Men in the Snow (1934) and Puss in Boots (1950), and many others.


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