When you want to read in both German and English, though, there’s a great option: bilingual books! Reading bilingual books and inferring the vocabulary and grammar is a far superior method of language learning than traditional memorization. It is also much less painful. The Rider on the White Horse (German: Der Schimmelreiter) is a novella by German writer Theodor Storm. It is his last complete work, first published in 1888, the year of his death. The novella is Storm’s best remembered and most widely read work, and considered by many to be his masterpiece. It has been translated into English under titles The Dykemaster, The Dikegrave, and the most literal, The Rider on the White Horse (“Schimmel” being the German word for a gray or white horse). Hans Theodor Woldsen Storm (14 September 1817 – 4 July 1888), commonly known as Theodor Storm, was a German writer. He is considered to be one of the most important figures of German realism.