German Literature Lexicon

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The German Literature Lexicon is currently in its third edition, a biographical reference work on authors and literature. The lexicon is also called Kosch for short after its founder Wilhelm Kosch .


The first edition appeared in two volumes in 1927 and 1930 and the second edition in four volumes from 1947 to 1958. The third edition of the work has been published since 1966, initially under the editorship of Heinz Rupp (responsible for the Middle Ages ) and Carl Ludwig Lang (responsible for the modern age ) at K. G. Saur Verlag in Munich and Francke in Bern, and later by Walter de Gruyter , Berlin . The complete edition is not yet finished; the current last volume (as of December 2019) is the 38th (Zimmer - Zyx) . Supplements (additional authors, anonymous and other information on authors who have already been included) were published by Saur in six volumes from 1994 to 1999 [not yet completed, s. u.].

From the sub-series German Literature Lexicon. The 20th century (form of citation: "Kosch Lit. 20. Jh.") Has appeared in 27 volumes since 2000 up to the entry "Kippenberger" (as of April 2017). In addition, the eight-volume German Literature Lexicon was published from 2011 to 2016 . The Middle Ages .


A 1994 review of Information Resources for Libraries reads:

"The Kosch is - in terms of the number of entries - the most detailed encyclopedia on German literature, but it is far behind the Killy when it comes to careful processing ."

The Anglicist Horst Weber says:

“The 3rd edition of Wilhelm Kosch's († 1960) German Literature Lexicon is a monumental, if not eloquent, information-rich testimony to the misery in which German literary historiography has found itself since the concept of literature was expanded [...] It stays with one Work of this range with a relatively short period of creation does not mean that with the abundance of data to be processed, autopsy is seldom carried out and a list of all his writings and the literature published on Um [sic] cannot be created for every A. Nevertheless, the completeness of the German Literature Lexicon is always astonishing, and one has to thank the editors and editors for sparing no effort in collating the immense material. "


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Hans-Albrecht Koch : German Literature Lexicon . Review. In: Information resources for libraries . tape 2 , no. 3/4 , 1994, ISSN  0946-8781 , ZDB -ID 1156171-3 ( online [accessed December 27, 2012]).
  2. Review of the third edition