This study looks at the life and work of the eminent German-American author, poet, and historian, Heinrich A. Rattermann (1832-1923) and provides an historical legacy essential to an understanding of German-American history. He was well-known as editor of the historical journal
Der Deutsche Pionier which was published by the German Pioneer Society of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is considered to be the leading German-American historical journal of the 19th century. In addition he edited
Deutsch-Amerikanisches Magazin which was also important as a German-American historical journal.
Born in Ankum, Germany, Rattermann emigrated with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, and thereafter played an important role in German-American cultural affairs both regionally and nationally.
This book is a re-edition of Sister Mary Edmund Spanheimer’s biography of Heinrich Rattermann, which has long been out-of-print. Mary Spanheimer was a professor of German at the University of Saint Francis, Joliet, Illinois. Her biography on Rattermann is considered to be the definitive work on the topic.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2004. XXX, 152 pp.
Contents: Editor’s Foreword – Editor’s Introduction – Rattermann’s Life and Work, by A. E. Zucker – Author’s Introduction
– Rattermann, the Man (Ancestry and Childhood - The Emigrant - Youth in Cincinnati - Early Manhood - The Family - Love of
Song and Music - Cultural Associations - Rattermann in Politics - Philosophy and Religion - The German-American Citizen -
Old Age) – Rattermann, the Poet (Early Attempts - Poetical Influences - Types and Forms of Poetry - Nature Poetry - The Religious
Spirit in Rattermann’s Poetry - The Enemy of Naturalism - The Literary Historian - Conclusion of a Poetic Career) – Rattermann,
the German-American Historian (The Historian in the Making - The Historian in the Appraisal of Scholars - The Historical Journal,
Der Deutsche Pionier - Contents of the Pionier - Deutsch-Amerikanisches Magazin - The Biographikon
- Rattermann’s Library) – Conclusion – Bibliography for Further Reading.