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NIKOLAUS “NIK” WELTER (2 January 1871, Mersch – 13 July 1951, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
City ) was a Luxembourgish writer, playwright, poet, professor, literary critic (Germanic and Romance languages), and statesman. He wrote predominantly in German . He also served as a Minister for Education in the government of Émile Reuter .

After his university studies in Leuven
Leuven
, Paris
Paris
, Bonn
Bonn
and Berlin
Berlin
, he became a teacher in Diekirch
Diekirch
(1897-1906) and later at the Athénée de Luxembourg
Luxembourg
in Luxembourg
Luxembourg
City (1906-1918).

Welter mainly wrote plays and poetry. His work Griselinde (1901) inspired the Luxembourgish composer Alfred Kowalsky to write the opera of the same name. Other well-known works are Die Söhne des Öslings, Goethes Husar, Der Abtrünnige, Professor Forster and Lene Frank.

From early on, Nik Welter
Nik Welter
was involved with the Félibrige, a poets' movement in the Provence, and was in contact with the members of the Felibertum félibrige: Frédéric Mistral, Joseph Roumanille and Théodore Aubanel. He was often at Mistral's house in Bouches-du-Rhône and was taken up into the circle of the Féliber. In the same way, he also met German Romanists such as Eduard Koschwitz and August Bertuch. Along with the two German Romanists, he campaigned successfully for Frédéric Mistral
Frédéric Mistral
to be awarded the 1904 Nobel Prrize for Literature.

Nik Welter
Nik Welter
recorded his travels in the Provence and in Tunisia in the book Hohe Sonnentage. In his book Im Werden und Wachsen, he wrote about his childhood in Mersch. He was the author of the first Luxembourgish schoolbook Das Luxemburgische und sein Schrifttum.

CONTENTS

* 1 Life * 2 Work * 3 Honours

* 4 Works

* 4.1 as an author * 4.2 as editor

* 5 External links

LIFE

Welter studied at the Universities of Leuven
Leuven
, Paris
Paris
, Bonn
Bonn
and Berlin
Berlin
. He then went to the teaching profession and was teacher in Diekirch
Diekirch
and later at the Athénée de Luxembourg
Luxembourg
. During the reign Émile Reuters (Reuter government) Welter was 1918-1921 Minister of Education. He belonged to no party. As author Welter wrote plays and poetry, as well as commissioned works such as 1909's "history of French literature" on behalf of the University of Marburg
University of Marburg
.

WORK

Welter wrote almost exclusively in the German language
German language
. His drama "Griselinde" (1901) served the Luxembourg
Luxembourg
composer Alfred Kowalsky as libretto for his opera of the same name. Around the turn of the century was Welters interest along with themes from the Luxembourg mythology and history, especially of the School of Félibrige reinvigorated literature in the minority in France "langue d'oc", the Provencal . He corresponded with famous German Romanist as Eduard Koschwitz and August Bertuch and traveled twice to Maillane ( Bouches-du-Rhône ) to Frédéric Mistral
Frédéric Mistral
(Mistral Frederi), the "chef de file" of this movement. As one of the German Romanists, he was not indifferent to the efforts that the award of the 1904 Nobel Literature Prize led to Mistral. In reported Welter in his travelogue "Hohesonne days. A holiday book from Provence and Tunisia "(1912).

HONOURS

* 1937: Joseph-von-Görres Prize * 1951: Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown

WORKS

AS AN AUTHOR

autobiographical

* In service. Memories of confused time . St. Paul's print shop, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
1925th * In the development and growth. Adventures of a boy . 4th ed Selbstverlag, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
1962 (former title. In Will and waking from a childhood. ). * Friendship and conduct. Memories . St. Paul's print shop, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
1936th

poetry

* Breakfast lights. Poems . AVG, Munich 1903rd * From old days. Poems . * In dust and gluten. New Poems . 2nd ed. Publisher for literature, art and music, Leipzig 1909th * Blast furnace. A book Psalms . Publisher Schroell, Luxembourg 1913th * About the fighting. Time Poems of neutrals . 6th ed. Worré-Mertens, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
1915th * In the evening sun. Duet . Hansen VG, Saarlouis in 1935 (previous title: Marie Summer A book of songs. ).

non-fiction

* The poets of