Erich Kastner (February 23, 1899 - July 29, 1974) is one of the most famous German writers of the 20th century.
He wrote many long time bestseller books for children like Emil and the Detectives and The Little Man and the Little Miss, but he was also a political author. He held pacifist ideals, and wrote for children because of his belief in the renewing powers of each generation of youth. He was opposed to the Nazi regime in Germany, and therefore his books were burnt under this regime. In 1960 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lifetime contributions to children's literature.
A list of his works, by their German titles and publication dates, follows
Herz auf Taille, 1928
Emil und die Detektive, 1928; in English Emil and the Detectives - produced on Hollywood in 1964.
Lärm im Spiegel, 1929
Ein Mann gibt Auskunft, 1930
Pünktchen und Anton, 1931; in English, Anna Louise and Anton
Der 35. Mai, 1931; in English, The 35th of May, or Conrad's Ride to the South Seas
Fabian. Die Geschichte eines Moralisten, 1932; in English, Fabian, the Story of a Moralist
Gesang zwischen den Stühlen, 1932
Das fliegende Klassenzimmer, 1933; in English, The Flying Classroom
Drei Männer im Schnee, 1934
Die verschwundene Miniatur, 1935
Georg und die Zwischenfälle, 1938
Das doppelte Lottchen, 1949; in English, Lisa and Lottie, adapted into film as The Parent Trap in 1961 and 1964.
Die Konferenz der Tiere, 1949
Die dreizehn Monate, 1955