Michael Ende (1929-1995) was a German author and playwright, best known for his children's books. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, and grew up in a family of artists and writers. Ende started writing as a teenager and published his first book, "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver," in 1960. However, it was his second book, "The Neverending Story," published in 1979, that made him famous. Ende went on to write many other books for children and young adults, including "Momo," "The Night of Wishes," and "The Mirror in the Mirror." His works often dealt with themes such as the power of imagination and the importance of individuality and creativity. Ende was a prolific writer who published over 30 books during his lifetime, and his works have been translated into more than 40 languages. He passed away in 1995 at the age of 65.