People of Germany: Theodor Storm (1817-1888) was a German writer, considered to be one of the most important figures of German Realism.

He was born in the small town of Husum, on the west coast of Schleswig, then a formally independent duchy ruled by the king of Denmark. His parents were a lawyer and a housewife. Storm went to school in Husum and Lübeck and studied law in Kiel and Berlin. While still a law student in Kiel, he published a first volume of verse.

From 1843 until his admission was revoked by Danish authorities in 1852, he worked as a lawyer in his home town. In 1853, he moved to Potsdam, then to Heiligenstadt in Thuringia in 1856. He returned home in 1865 after Schleswig had come under Prussian rule and became a district magistrate (“Landvogt”). In 1880, he moved to Hademarschen, where he spent the last years of his life writing.

Storm was married twice. He was one of the most important authors of 19th-century German Literary Realism. He wrote a number of stories, poems, and novellas, the 2 best-known works being Immensee (1849), and Der Schimmelreiter (“The Rider on the White Horse”, 1888).

He was a child of the North Sea plain, and again and again revisits the chaste beauty of his hone — its expansive mudflats, menacing sea, and green pastures. He clung to home it with a great love. In Der Schimmelreiter, the last and most famous of his 50 novellas and widely considered his culminating masterpiece, the setting of the North German coast is central to evoking its unnerving mood and atmosphere, setting the stage for the battleground of man vs. nature – the dykes and the sea.