The 63rd edition of "Ku rschners Deutscher Literatur-Kalender"
contains a total of 15,205 entries on people and institutions. The
well-established record of contemporary German literature now
provides entries on 10,933 authors, 10,626 of which are articles
with bio-bibliographical details. The number of articles has
thereby been increased by more than 2,000 since the last edition.
Writers of belletristic literature in the German language are
presented without critical literary appraisal, regardless of their
nationality and their geographical place of residence and sphere of
influence. Articles provide information which includes address,
biographical data, membership in associations and literary
societies, literary awards and prizes, and list some 140,000
publications by the writers covered.
The comprehensive indexes found in the appendix have also been
revised and updated: they now list 635 literary translators (with a
language index), 1,632 publishers of belletristic literature, 603
literary awards with the prize-winners of recent years, 578
associations, literary societies, centers for literature and
similar establishments, 443 literary journals and periodicals, 67
literary agencies, the literary editorials of 42 radio and
television stations, and the literary supplements of 30 popular
newspapers and journals.
The first "Almanac of German Literature "was for 1879 and, under
the supervision of Joseph Ku rschner, soon established itself as
the directory of German writers in the years that followed. Ku
rschner introduced the practice of mailing questionnaires, still in
use today. This ensured that many were included in the work and
information was kept up to date.Within a few years Ku rschner
managed to create an encyclopedic work listing thousands of
writers. It became an essential reference tool not only for authors
but for all involved in literature. This was in part due to the
numerous additional sections, some of which have proved vital
sources of information right up to the present day.
Thanks to these additional sections the Almanac has developed
beyond a directory of writers into a cultural record of the times,
a "Who's Who" of publishers, printers, book binders, paper
suppliers, antiquarians, agencies and periodicals etc.
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