This new edition of Mary and Henry Garland's classic Oxford Companion to German Literature substantially revises and extends its coverage, making an invaluable reference work available to a new generation of readers. Designed to be a reliable source of information on the whole sweep of literature from German-speaking countries from the eighth century onwards, the Companion now comes right up to the mid-1990s, including such recent works as GA1/4nter Grass's controversial novel about the unification of East and West Germany, Ein weites Feld (1995). The entries, arranged in a single alphabetical sequence, cover authors and their major works, as well as historical, intellectual, and cultural backgrounds. For this new edition much of the original material has been thoroughly reworked in the light of up-to-date scholarship, and many completely new entries have been added, allowing improved coverage of the twentieth century, general topics, and women writers of all periods.
The Companion's unrivauled historical coverage and depth of information--on subjects as various as Kafka and Kleist, Werther and Christa Wolf, Nietzsche and the Nibelungenlied, Jung and Jelinek, Rilke and Die Reformation--makes it an indispensable reference book for everyone with an interest in the literature and literary culture of the German-speaking world.
`The target has clearly been to cover background and content of literature as much as practicable in countries with a German language element ... In this the compilers have succeeded admirably.'
Dr. H.W. Thum, British German review, Vol. XI4 No. 4
`incredibly comprehensive reference work ... What continues to impress most, quite apart from this amazing range, is the skilful condensation of a wealth of factual information into lucid and concise statements that establish relevant facts almost in passing ... We are indeed indebted to Henry and Mary Garland for their defence of that much broader vision that keeps alive that essential awareness of traditions that have shaped the little most of us are
still familiar with ... a richness of information that bears the mark of a long-sustained and nurtured love for the study of German literature in its historical, philosophical, and social context ... Used
well, it will foster ... intelligent and sympathetic interest in the study of German literature which, fuelled by insatiable curiosity, would handsomely repay the debt of gratitude we owe to its editors.'
Hinrich Siefken, University of Nottingham, MLR, vol 94, no 3, 1999
Preface to the First and Second Editions
Preface to the Third Edition
Note to Readers
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Number Of Pages: 968
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4
Weight (kg): 1.7
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised