1912. Nobel laureate Gerhart Hauptmann's
first play, Before Sunrise was produced in 1889 at the German Free
Theater, and was acknowledged as the beginning of an important new
literary movement for Germany. Some critics regard drama as Hauptmann's
least happy choice in the form of literary expression. Many consider
him as one of the finest poets of modern times. He has also written
many well-known novels of which Atlantis is probably the most famous.
Atlantis is a social novel with a supernatural subplot involving
after-death experiences and dream visions.