Eric Matthe's is a high school science teacher and math teacher living in Alaska where he also teaches introductory programming classes. He has been writing programs since he was five years old and is the author of the best-selling Python Crash Course, also from No Starch Press.
Eric Matthe's is the son of a factory owner for wood products attended a secondary school in Chemnitz. After graduating from high school, he worked as a private tutor in 1907. He then started a traineeship as a correspondent at the Wieland hosiery factory in Auerbach. From 1911 to 1913 he studied history, literature and folklore at the universities in Berlin and Leipzig. In 1913 he worked briefly as a private tutor in Castelrotto in South Tyrol.
He was a member of Germania, the abstinence union at German schools and, from 1908, of the Wander Vogel Efram 1911/12 he volunteered in the Wander Vogel movement as editor of the magazine of the same name. On April 1, 1913, he founded his own publishing house, in which numerous folkish publications appeared. Hartung points out that one of the first publisher publications, German or National! The Wander Vogel's contributions to the race question are a compilation of negative statements about the inclusion of Jews in the Wander Vogel. His self-formulated goal was to “become the spokesman for that part of the young generation who strives to cultivate a conscious and ideological Germanness”.
Matthe's was editor of the magazines Physical culture, monthly for sensible physical discipline (1913-1914) and Der Junge Deutsche (1919-1923). Matthe's von Hartenstein managed his publishing house based in Leipzig, which is why it is sometimes given as the place of publication. In addition to numerous positive folk books, there were also some anti-Semitic publications, e.g., B. in the series " Zweifäusterdruck " published in his publishing house.  A total of around 500 books were published by Erich Matthe's. In May 1929 he had to file for bankruptcy with his publisher. The continued publishing house in Leipzig suffered total bomb damage in 1943. In 1946 he was finally removed from the Commercial register deleted.