The son of a bookseller, he first studied law, then the history of art. He later decided upon a literary career, however much his age might have rendered him young and impressionable. From 1890 to 1898 he lived in Paris, afterwards in Berlin. At the age of 23, he wrote his first novel. Later he also wrote many dramas. He reached his height of popularity at the beginning of the 20th century.
- 1885 Die Saxo-Saxonen (Novel)
- 1897 Die Fahrt um die Erde (Novel)
- 1898 Alltagsleute (Novel)
- 1901 Heidenstamm (Novel)
- 1901 Old Heidelberg (Play)
- 1903 Elschen auf der Universität
- 1923 Durchlaucht v. Gleichenberg (Novel)