Kurt Wolff: A Portrait In Essays And Letters

Paperback | October 16, 2013

byKurt WolffEditorMichael ErmarthTranslated byDeborah Lucas Schneider

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Kurt Wolff (1887–1963) was a singular presence in the literary world of the twentieth century, a cultural force shaping modern literature itself and pioneering significant changes in publishing. During an intense, active career that took him from Weimar Germany to New York City, where he founded Pantheon Books, Wolff nurtured an extraordinary array of writers, among them Franz Kafka, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Boris Pasternak, Günter Grass, Robert Musil, Paul Valéry, Julian Green, Giuseppe Lampedusa, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. His essays and letters, many published here for the first time in English, illuminate the complex relations—between publisher and author, publisher and editor, publisher and reading public—that work at their best, as in Wolff’s case, to sustain culture. 

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Kurt Wolff (1887–1963) was a singular presence in the literary world of the twentieth century, a cultural force shaping modern literature itself and pioneering significant changes in publishing. During an intense, active career that took him from Weimar Germany to New York City, where he founded Pantheon Books, Wolff nurtured an extrao...

Michael Ermarth is professor of history at Dartmouth College. Deborah Lucas Schneider is a prolific translator whose other projects have included Caligula: A Biography,by Aloys Winterling, and Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science, by Hans Belting.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 16, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022610480X

ISBN - 13:9780226104805

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Translator's Note
Kurt Wolff: A Biographical Sketch
Essays on Publishing
The Publisher's Profession
On Publishing in General and the Question How Do an Author and Publisher Come Together?
On "Luring Away" Authors, or How Authors and Publishers Part Company
Adventures in Publishing
Essays on Individual Authors
Franz Kafka
Franz Werfel
Karl Kraus
Rabindranath Tagore
Lou Andreas-Salomé
Letters
Rainer Maria Rilke
Heinrich Mann
Hermann Hesse
Thomas Mann
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Boris Pasternak
Günter Grass
Laudatio
Laudatio for Kurt Wolff by Lambert Schneider, on behalf of the German Booksellers Association, May 15, 1960
Acceptance Speech by Kurt Wolff
Kurt Wolff Bibliography
Selected Titles from the Publishing Houses of Kurt Wolff
Glossary of Selected Names
Index

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“This beautifully designed, lovingly printed book is a bouillabaisse of memorabilia, containing historic-quality letters and poems and rich excerpts from published works. It provides a fine bouquet of examples of the cultural and literary delights Wolff’s imprint guaranteed. . . . This is a highly personal, sentimental, enriching book and many admirers of Pantheon—with which Kurt Wolff was long associated—will find it meaningful and revealing. Sentimentalists will be pleased to find the famous Lou Andreas-Salomé here. And the special section entitled ‘Adventures in Publishing’ will offer a surprise with the appearance of James Joyce. As for the section headed ‘On Luring Away Authors,’ it is virtually worth the price of the book to all editors.”