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Wilhelm Meyer-Förster, also known as Samar Gregorow (12 June 1862, Hannover – 17 March 1934, Heringsdorf), was a German novelist and playwright.


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.

His best-known work, Alt Heidelberg (Old Heidelberg in English) was adapted many times on film, and as the Sigmund Romberg operetta The Student Prince.


  • 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)

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