After reading philosophy and history in Munich, Oskar Horn (1841-1908) obtained a doctorate in philosophy. He then worked as a journalist and writer. While his literary efforts were relatively unsuccessful, Horn managed to gain a better position in journalism. In 1864, Horn became a member of the editorial board of the Allgemeine Zeitung, four years later he founded the Süddeutsche Sonntagsblatt in Regensburg. During the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 he held the rank of a cavalry officer. In 1869, he became editor of the Süddeutsche Presse, in 1872 finally editor-in-chief of the Norddeutsche Zeitung. From 1874, he worked as editor in Gera, later in Aschaffenburg. From 1883 to 1890, Oskar Horn lived in Worms, then in Lohr am Main. Around the turn of the century, he moved to Berlin, where he died on New Year’s Eve 1907/08.
As many of his contemporaries, Horn belonged to the "crocodiles". Since Horn held the office of secretary, accountant and treasurer at the poets’ association for a long time, a protocol book, an account book and several other documents from this context have been preserved in his estate.
His own writings include, among others, the celebrative play on the return of German troops from the Franco-Prussian War “Im Siegesheimzug” (1871), the four novellas "Jugendliebe" (1872), the tale about Munich artists "Herr Alexander Jürgensen" (1873), a translation of the English tragedy "Chastelard" (1873) as well as the three Bavarian stories "Aus zwei Feldzügen" (1875). His work "Überraschungen" from 1872 is a comedy in one act after a story told by his "crocodile" colleague Melchior Meyr (1810-1871).