Biography of Wilhelm Busch

  • 1832 Born on 15 April 1832 in Wiedensahl near Hanover as the first of seven children
  • 1841 Went to live with his uncle, Pastor Georg Kleine, in Ebergötzen near Göttingen
  • 1847 Passed the entrance examination for the polytechnic school in Hanover and studied mechanical engineering
  • 1851 Studied at the Dusseldorf School of Art 1852. Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1853 Suffered from severe typhoid fever, returned to live with his parents. Busch collected German sagas and fairytales
  • 1854 Moved to Munich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich; became a member of the 'Jung-München' artists' association; worked for the satirical magazine Fliegende Blätter
  • 1865 Published the comic strip Max and Moritz
  • 1868 Moved to Frankfurt, where his brother Otto was living; met the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Johanna Kessler
  • 1879 Returned to his place of birth, Wiedensahl; published some pieces, such as Fipps der Affe (Fipps the Monkey)
  • 1898 Moved to Mechtshausen in the Harz Mountains (near Seesen); published the collection of poems Zu guter Letzt (In The End)
  • 1908 Died on 9 January 1908 from heart failure in Mechtshausens