1880 – Relocation to Hademarschen. New construction of a spacious villa. Novella Die Söhne des Senators.
1881 – Storm writes to Gottfried Keller: “The ‘novella’ is the strictest and most closed form of prose poetry, the sister of drama.” (14.8.1881)
1881/1882 – With his stories, Der Herr Etatsrat and Hans and Heinz Kirch, Storm continues the criticism of the bourgeoisie of the early days and addresses the decline of the family.
1884 – Novella Zur Chronik von Grieshuus. Festive banquet in Berlin in honor of Storm.
1885 – Novellas John Riew’ and Ein Fest auf Haderslevhuus.
1886 – Trip to Weimar for the annual meeting of the Goethe-Society. Novellas Ein Doppelgänger and Bötjer Basch. Storm starts working on The Dykemaster. Severe illness.
1887 – Novella Ein Bekenntnis. Trip to Sylt. Sylter Novelle (Fragment). To celebrate his 70th birthday, the poet is honored across Germany.
1888 – The Dykemaster is finished. Storm dies on July 4th. Burial on July 7th in the family crypt at the St. Jürgen cemetery in Husum.