Michael Ende was born in 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and died near Stuttgart in 1995. It was more by chance that he started writing for children, when he was asked to write the text for a picture book. Michael Ende let his love of telling stories take over and the result was a very thick manuscript about "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver", which was an immediate and huge success after its publication in 1960. This was followed by other international best sellers, such as the fairy tale novel "Momo" (1972) and "Die unendliche Geschichte" (The Neverending Story) in 1979. He also wrote the texts for numerous picture books. He is one of the most successful German authors, and over 35 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 40 languages. Michael Ende was given many national and international prizes and literary awards for his novels and stories. In 1998, a Michael Ende Museum was opened in the International Youth Library in Munich.
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