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ERICH MARIA REMARQUE THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMESBorn Erich Paul Remark on June 22 1898 he grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Osnabruck in the province of Westphalia Germany--a city in the northwest part of what is now West Germany He adored his mother Anna Maria but was never close to his father Peter The First World War effectively shut him off from his sisters Elfriede and Erna Peter Remark descended from a family that fled to Germany after the French Revolution earned so little as a bookbinder that the family had to move 11 times between 1898 and 1912 The familys poverty drove Remarque as a teenager to earn his own clothes money giving piano lessons He developed a craving for luxury which he never outgrew His piano playing and other interests such as collecting butterflies and exploring streams and forests later appeared in his fictional characters His love of writing earned him the nickname SmudgeBecause of the frequent moving Remarque attended two different elementary schools and then the Catholic Praparande preparatory school He loved the drama of Catholic rituals the beauty of churches the flowers in cloister gardens and works of art He later wrote with a sense of theater and he featured churches and museums flowers and trees as symbols of enduring peace While in school he had problems with teachers however and eventually paid them back by ridiculing them in his novels At the Praparande he argued so much with one teacher that he used the mans personality and anothers name Konschorek to produce a specific character in Ail Quiet on the Western Front Schoolmaster KantorekIn November 1916 when Remarque was eighteen and a third-year student at Osnabrucks Lehrerseminar teachers college he was drafted for World War I After basic training at the Westerberg in Osnabruck the Klosterberg of All Quiet he was assigned to a reserve battalion but often given leave to visit his seriously ill mother In
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