The new Rundschau

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New Rundschau

description Literary magazine
Area of ​​Expertise literature
language German
publishing company S. Fischer
First edition 1890
Frequency of publication quarterly
Editor-in-chief NN
editor Hans-Jürgen Balmes , Jörg Bong , Alexander Roesler , Oliver Vogel
Web link ;
ISSN (print)
25 × 18.5 cm, untrimmed

Die neue Rundschau is a literary magazine founded in 1890 and published by S. Fischer Verlag . With over 125 years of continuous history, it is one of the oldest cultural magazines in Europe.


Free stage for modern life (1890-1891)

The theater critic Otto Brahm and the publisher Samuel Fischer founded the magazine in 1890 as a free stage for modern life . With the monthly publication you wanted to give a stage in particular to new art movements such as naturalism . In practice, however, the magazine was not limited to one type of art. The first crisis came in July 1890 when the editor Arno Holz and his associate colleague Hermann Bahr left the magazine in protest.

Open stage for the struggle for development of the time (1892-1893)

After disputes about the artistic focus of the magazine, it was renamed for the first time in 1892 as Free Stage for the Struggle for Development of the Time . This was accompanied by a switch to more popular content and to a monthly publication. The main work was done by Wilhelm Bölsche , who won Bruno Wille and the brothers Heinrich and Julius Hart as employees. This is how the green notebooks became an institution in Berlin's intellectual life.

New Deutsche Rundschau (1894–1903)

In November 1893 Otto Julius Bierbaum took over the editing of the magazine, which he renamed the Neue Deutsche Rundschau , based on the Deutsche Rundschau . Due to differences with Samuel Fischer, he gave up the position after four months.

From 1894 to 1922 Oskar Bie was the managing editor.

The new Rundschau

In 1904 it was renamed Die neue Rundschau . The magazine subsequently became one of the most important forums for modern literature and essay writing in the Wilhelmine German Empire and in the Weimar Republic . The close connection between the journal and Fischer Verlag was noticeable, and this also had an impact on the publishing practice: the publishing house's important writers were able to publish first copies here and their works were reviewed by colleagues from the same publishing house. The reviewers and authors of literary essays included important literary critics such as Alfred Kerr and writers such as Robert Musil , Thomas Mann , Oskar Loerke , and Robert Walser .

In the years from 1919 to 1921 Alfred Döblin also wrote  for the magazine - under the pseudonym Linke Poot .

After Oskar Bie, Rudolf Kayser took over the management and from 1932 Peter Suhrkamp . During the National Socialist rule , the magazine could initially continue to appear and was only banned shortly before the end of the war in 1944. It was founded again in 1945 by Gottfried Bermann-Fischer in exile in Stockholm and is still published today.


The quarterly individual issues have a thematic focus. Contributions from writers, scientists, philosophers and publicists appear on this. Furthermore, there are works discussions with national and international writers as well as irregular contributions on the subject of the translation of literary texts.


  • Free stage for modern life . No. 1 / 1890-2 / 1891 . S. Fischer, ISSN  0932-2523 (Repr. Krauss, Nendeln Liecht., Also microfich edition ).
  • Free stage for the struggle for development of the time . No. 3 / 1892-4 / 1893 . S. Fischer, ISSN  0932-2515 (Repr. Krauss, Nendeln Liecht., Also microfich edition ).
  • New German Rundschau: (Free Stage) . No. 5 / 1894-14 / 1903 . S. Fischer, ISSN  0932-2507 (Repr. Krauss, Nendeln Liecht., Also microfich edition ).
  • New Rundschau . 15/1904 ff. S. Fischer, ISSN  0028-3347 .
  • Wilhelm Bölsche : Friedrichshagen in literature . Berlin 1907.
  • Wolfgang Grothe: The New Rundschau of the publishing house S. Fischer . In: Historical Commission of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Hrsg.): Archive for the history of the book . No. 4.1961 / 63 . Saur, ISSN  0066-6327 , Sp. 809-995 .
  • Wolfgang Grothe: The artistic and graphic design of S. Fischer's “Neuer Rundschau” . In: Günter Schulz (Red.): Symbola Hans Jessen Oblata . Holzner, Würzburg 1967, pp. 61-74. (Supplements to the yearbook of the Silesian Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Breslau, 7)
  • Wilhelm Bölsche: Correspondence. With authors from the Freie Bühne . Ed .: Gerd-Hermann Susen. Works and letters. Scientific edition. Works. Letters I. Weidler, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-89693-266-2 (table of contents and decoding of the authors of the first four volumes on pp. 1267-1316.).
  • Oliver Pfohlmann, Dörte Hartung: Free stage: New Rundschau (1890 until today) . ( - contribution to the literary criticism in Germany project at the Institute for Modern German Literature and Media at the Philipps University of Marburg).
  • Falk Schwarz: literary talk of the times in the Third Reich, presented in the magazine "Neue Rundschau" . Booksellers Association, Frankfurt am Main 1972, ISBN 3-7657-0410-5 .
  • Gerd-Hermann Susen: The old cracks in every joint. Hermann Bahr and the Free Stage . In: Martin Anton Müller; Claus Pias; Gottfried Schnödl (ed.): Hermann Bahr: Austrian critic of international avant-garde (=  yearbook for international German studies. Series A - congress reports ). No. 118 , 2014, ISBN 978-3-0343-1531-9 , pp. 39-54 .
  • Margot Goeller: Guardian of Culture. Educational citizenship in the cultural magazines "Deutsche Rundschau" and "Neue Rundschau" (1890 to 1914) (=  European university publications. Series III History and its auxiliary sciences . No. 1082 ). Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 2011, ISBN 978-3-631-61404-4 .


  • Oskar Loerke: Literary essays from the Neue Rundschau 1909–1941 . Edited by Reinhard Tgahrt. Lambert Schneider publishing house, Heidelberg / Darmstadt 1967.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. On the early days of the journal cf. Gerd-Hermann Susen: The old cracks in every joint. Hermann Bahr and the Free Stage for Modern Life. In: Martin Anton Müller, Claus Pias, Gottfried Schnödl (eds.): Hermann Bahr: Austrian critic of international avant-garde . In: Yearbook for International German Studies , Series A - Congress reports, 118th 1st edition. Peter Lang, Bern a. a. 2014, pp. 39–54.
  2. Biography of Otto Julius Bierbaum at