The Legend of the Fourth King

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Edzard Schaper is a great storyteller who, it seems has absorbed the spirit of a whole people. With a sweet love for detail, and never without a smile, he tells the old legend of the fourth king. While most probably told from generation to generation, this charming little story has never been written with such loving imagination and deep spirituality. As it traces the adventures of the Czar who sets off to follow the star and find the king of kings in Bethlehem, this precious book offers a kaleidoscope of human life itself.

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Born on September 30, 1908 in Ostrowo in what is now Poland, Edzard Schaper was a well-loved author of numerous novels, essays, plays for both theater and radio. HIs education mostly focused on music studies, but after he graduated he became an assistant director and actor in Herford, then assistant director at the State Theater in Stuttgart. During the 1920s, he published his first book, a novel named The Last Guest—soon to be followed by more writing. His greatest success would be the 1934 novel, The Island Tütarsaar. Schaper lived in Estonia from 1930-40 and worked as a correspondent for United Press. Because he declined to relocate to Germany in 1940, the Nazis deprived him of his citizenship and sentenced him to death in absentia. Schaper arrived in Switzerland in 1947 via Sweden, where he worked as a forest worker and secretary. Schaper would go on to write for over three decades. Schaper died on January 29, 1984, in Bern.
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