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Helmut W. Pesch

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Helmut W. Pesch
Biographical information
BornAugust 30, 1952
OccupationAuthor, translator

Helmut W. Pesch (born August 30, 1952) is a German author, translator, editor, illustrator, philologist and literary scholar.



Helmut W. Pesch was born and raised in Mönchengladbach. He studied English philology, history of art and archaeology in Cologne and later in Glasgow. In 1981, he completed his doctorate to become Doctor of Philosophy. His doctoral thesis, Fantasy - Theorie und Geschichte einer literarischen Gattung ("Fantasy - theory and history of a literary genre"), was the first German work about fantasy literature and was published in 1982.

Between 1984 and 1986 he was subeditor for Science-Fiction and Fantasy at the German publishing company Bastei-Lübbe, since then he works there as editor for fiction.

Pesch wrote some novels, inspired by mythological themes. During his research for fantasy and J.R.R. Tolkien, Helmut W. Pesch published several essays and a critical anthology about Tolkien's stories and its inspirations. With his knowledge of the Elven language, he wrote a two-part elvish-dictionary.

Currently Pesch lives with his wife and his daughter near Cologne.



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