Alfred Döblin

Author Career

"Jagende Rosse"

1899

First novel, "Jagende Rosse" finished during Gymnasium.

"Der Schwarze Vorhang"

1903

Completed while studying at Freidrich Wilhelm

"Die drei Sprünge des Wang-lun"

May 1910

His 3rd Novel

"Die Ermordung einer Butterblume und andere Erzählungen"

November 1912

Some of Doblin's novellas published under this name.

"Die drei Sprünge des Wang-lun"

1916

3rd novel is published

Fontane Prize

1916

For "Wang-lun"

"Wadzeks Kampf mit der Dampfturbine"

1918

"Wallenstein"

January 1919

Political essays published

1921

Published several essays under the pen name "Linke Poot" (Left Paw)

"Berge Meere und Giganten"

1924

Fictional novel published

"Journey to Poland"

1924

Written about his two month travels across Poland

"Manas"

May 1927

Not-so-famous free verse epic about a figure from Indian mythology

"Berlin Alexanderplatz"

October 1929

Doblin's most famous work finished

"Babylonische Wandrung"

December 1933

"Amazon Trilogy"

1937

"November 1918"

1938 - 1943

Four-part novel project about the revolution in Germany at the end of the First World War. Finally finished in '43.

"Tales of a Long Night"

1956

Professional Career

Gymnasium

1894 - 1900

Friedrich Wilhelm University

1900 - May 1904

Received "Abitur" and began studies at Friedrich Wilhelm University (now Humboldt University of Berlin)

Freiburg im Breisgau

May 1904 - 1905

Moved to Freiburg im Breisgau, studying neurology and psychiatry

Completed Dissertation

1905

Buch

October 1906 - 1911

Begins working in Buch, in Berlin

Private Practice

1911 - December 1914

Opens his first private practice in Kreuzberg, in Berlin.

Saargemünd

December 1914 - August 1917

Döblin volunteered in December 1914 to avoid conscription and was posted to Saargemünd (Sarreguemines) as a doctor.

Hagenau

August 1917 - January 1919

Transferred to Hagenau

Private Practice and much writing

January 1919 - March 1933

Had a professional practice, but later devoted much of his time to writing, and politics.

French Ministry of Information

September 1939 - May 1940

Worked as an anti-propagandist for the French

MGM

October 1940 - October 1941

worked for Metro Golden Mayer

Location

Stettin

August 1878 - October 1888

Berlin

October 1888 - April 1889

Sophie Döblin and the 5 children move to Berlin

Hamburg

April 1889 - September 1889

Max Döblin returns to Germany, and moves the family to Hamburg.

Berlin

September 1889 - May 1904

When it is discovered Max Döblin also brought his lover back with him, Sophie moves the family back to Berlin

Freiburg

May 1904 - October 1906

Studying

Berlin

October 1906 - December 1914

Working under private practice

Saargemund

December 1914 - August 1917

volunteer doctor

Hagenau

August 1917 - January 1919

volunteer doctor

Berlin

January 1919 - March 1933

Moved to Berlin and began new medical practice and much writing

Switzerland

March 1933 - 1934

Moved after the Nazis took control of Germany

Paris

1934 - May 1940

Family moved to Paris

Mende

May 1940 - September 1940

Displaced from Paris due to the German occupation of France

NYC

September 1940 - October 1940

Fled France

L.A.

October 1940 - October 1945

Family moved to L.A.

Baden-Baden

October 1945 - 1953

Moved back to Europe

Paris

1953 - 1957

Emmendingen

1957 - 26 June 1957

Personal life

BIRTH

August 10, 1878

Parents' Separation

July 1888

Max Döblin emigrates to America with Henriette Zander, a seamstress 20 years his junior.

Meets Friede Kunke

1906

Meets Erna Reiss

1909

Bodo is born

14 October 1911

Son by Friede Kunke, Bodo, born 14 October 1911

Marries Erna Reiss

January 1912

Marriage to Erna Reiss, January 1912

Peter is born

October 1912

First son by Erna, Peter, born October 1912

Wolfgang is born

17 March 1915

Second son Wolfgang is born

Klaus is born

20 May 1917

3rd son Klaus is born

Friede dies

1918

Friede Kunke dies, Bodo move in with his grandmother, Elise Kunke.

Stefan is born

7 December 1926

fourth son Stefan is born

Wolfgang commits suicide

1940

Unbeknownst to Alfred and Erna

Baptism

November 1941

Alfred, Erna, Stefan baptized into the Catholic church.

Death

26 June 1957

Aged 79

Erna's Death

15 September 1957