Hugo Ball

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Birthday
22, 1886
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Sep 14, 1927 (41)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
22, 1886
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Sep 14, 1927 (41)

About

Remembered best for his famous Dada Manifesto of 1916, this German-born poet, dramatist, and biographer also penned such well-known works as Die Nase des Michelangelo (a play); 7 Schizophrene Sonette (a poetry collection); and Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary (a memoir).

Before Fame

After completing philosophy and sociology coursework at universities in Heidelberg and Munich, Germany, Ball briefly pursued an acting career. He published one of his earliest works, a deliberately nonsensical poem titled "Karawane," in 1916.

Trivia

He co-founded Zurich, Switzerland's famous Cabaret Voltaire, which was a performance venue devoted to the anarchist Dada movement.

Family Life

He grew up in a Catholic family in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and later settled in Switzerland with his wife and fellow Dadaist, Emmy Hennings.

Associated With

He wrote a 1927 biography of the acclaimed German poet Hermann Hesse.