Friedrich Dieckmann is a writer. He studied German, philosophy and physics in Leipzig and between 1972 and 1976 worked as a playwright for the Berliner Ensemble. He wrote books on Friedrich Schiller, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, Bertolt Brecht and Karl von Appen, and essays on German operas from Mozart to Wagner and on German reunification. He worked at various art academies and was a researcher for the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. His best-known works are Wagner, Verdi. Geschichte einer Unbeziehung (1989), Temperatursprung. Deutsche Verhältnisse (1995), Franz Schubert. Eine Annäherung (1997) and Berlin als Werkraum (2005).