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DIED. MICHAEL ENDE, 65, German novelist who enchanted millions of children around the world with such beguiling fantasies as The Neverending Story; of stomach cancer; in Stuttgart. The son of a surrealist painter, Ende began writing cabaret scripts in the 1950s. He wrote his first children's tales in the early 1960s--the award-winning Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver and Jim Button and the Wild 13, about a black child's discovery that he is really a prince. His most successful book was The Neverending Story, published in 1979; it described a lonely, chubby youngster who finds inner direction in his struggle to save a magical land from an evil called Nothing. The novel was translated into more than 30 languages, became an international best seller and spawned a 1984 hit movie and two sequels.
Source: TIME Magazine


Born 1929 in Germany as son of a surrealist painter who was banned by the Nazis in 1936. Went to Waldorf-school and deserted when he was called to the army at age of 16 in 1945. After the war he became an actor, critic and finally writer. His first big success was the children's book "Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivfuehrer" (Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine-driver). Although he got much praise and many awards he remained modest, almost shy, preferring his fantasy world but still keeping an eye on the real world in his stories.

Born: 12 November 1929, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Died: 29 August 1995, Stuttgart, Germany, Stomach Cancer
Biography written by: Tom Zoerner (

The following is quoted from the beginning of the Penguin Books version of the novel:

Michael Ende was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1929. After attending drama school from 1948 to 1950, he worked variously as an actor, a writer of sketches and plays, a director of the Volkstheater in Munich, and a film critic for the Bavarian broadcasting company. His first novel for children, Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine Driver, was published in Germany in 1960 to great popular and critical acclaim, and both radio and television series based on the Jim Knopf books were soon produced. In 1973 he published another award-winning children's novel, Momo. When The Neverending Story was first published in Germany, in 1979, it immediately became the number-one bestseller and remained in that position for three years. It has since been published in many different languages all over the world, including Japanese, and has enchanted readers in each country in which it has appeared.

Books written by Michael Ende

  • 1989 Night of Wishes / The Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion (Der satanarchaolugenialkohollische Wunschpunsch)
  • Summary: Beelzebub Preposteror is a diligent sorcerer, but this year he has failed to meet his quota of villainous deeds, because the High Council of Animals has sent a small cat spy to foil his plans.

  • 1988 Ophelia's Shadow Theatre
  • 1986 Mirror in the Mirror (Der Spiegel im Spiegel)
  • 1982 Juggler's Tale (Das Gauklermarchen)
  • 1979 The Neverending Story (Die unendliche Geschichte)
  • Summary: Story about a lonely, solitary boy who enters an imaginary land on a special and dangerous quest, where he learns the true measure of his own courage and realizes that even he has the capacity to love.

  • 1973 Momo (original English 1974 translation published as The Grey Gentlemen)
  • 1960 Jim Kompf and Lukas the Engine Driver (Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivfuhrer)

    Summary: Having turned their railroad engine into a boat and set sail for adventure because their island has become too crowded, Jim Button and Luke try to rescue the kidnapped Princess of China from Dragontown.

  • ? The Prison of Liberty
  • Summary: This is a collection of short stories by Ende that examine different and true characteristics of human society, values, and dreams in a context of fantastic and unimaginable lands and realities.

  • Other books... (search results of the NY Public Library archives)