The German Post has issued a stamp to commemorate the 150 years from the birthday of Gerhart Hauptmann, German dramatist and novelist, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912.
The writer inaugurated the naturalistic movement in modern German literature. Also, classical, romantic, impressionist and symbolist elements characterize his works.
He came to literary fame as the author of dramatic play "The Weavers" (1892), a powerful drama depicting the uprising of the Silesian weavers in 1844. In 1911 he wrote "The Rats". In 1912, Hauptmann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "primarily in recognition of his fruitful, varied and outstanding production in the realm of dramatic art."
Hauptmann always enjoyed the reputation of a radical writer, on the side of the poor and outcasts.