W.G. Sebald Biography
W.G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgau, Germany, in 1944. He studied German
language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland, and Manchester. From 1970 he taught
at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, becoming
professor of European literature in 1987, and from 1989 to 1994 was the first
director of the British Center for Literary Translation. His books have won a number of international awards, including the Los Angeles
Times Book Award for fiction, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the Literatur
In 2001 he published his final novel, Austerlitz to critical acclaim. He died in a car accident, in December 2001, aged 57. In March 2002 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 'Austerlitz'.
This biography was last updated on 07/11/2011.
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