Emil Schering

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Emil Schering (born April 14, 1873 in Hann. Münden ; † April 10, 1951 in Berlin ) was a German writer , translator , publisher and editor .

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Emil Schering came from "the well-known German family of scholars and industrialists", his father was a professor of mathematics at the Forest Academy in Münden . He studied in Göttingen , Königsberg and Berlin . From 1897 he worked as editor of the daily newspaper Berliner Herold and from 1898 as editor of the magazine Quickborn .

In the Residenz Theater in Berlin he saw the tragic comedy Believers by August Strindberg with Rudolf Rittner and Rosa Bertens and then decided to translate the entire works of this poet. At that time he lived in the French Cathedral . The translation of Strindberg's works into German (work edition 1902–1930 with 47 volumes, including one volume of letters - from 1894 - to him) is certainly Schering's most notable achievement, but he also worked for Strindberg in theaters and publishers throughout his life and, for example, after donated a Strindberg Prize during the First World War, which could only be awarded twice (to Maximilian Harden and Theodor Lessing ) before falling victim to inflation . A second focus of work was the translation of the works of Joséphin Péladan . In addition, Schering u. a. Works by Ernst Didring and Hugo BM Hamilton.

Little is known about Schering's life and further work. He was u. a. the first secretary of Isadora and Elizabeth Duncan's boarding school in Berlin. His son Herbert (born 1900) emigrated to the United States and worked at the University of Toledo for almost four decades . The Herbert B. Schering Exchange Program and Award in German Studies commemorates him there . Emil Schering's daughter, born in 1904 and named after Strindberg's third wife Harriet, had lessons in Elizabeth Duncan's school and became a dancer. She kicked u. a. 1930 in Orpheus Dionysus by Margarete Wallmann . According to Schering's statement, his first wife became permanently mentally ill in 1903 as a result of many years of financial problems and died in 1918. He was no longer able to achieve Schering's last major goal, a Strindberg Society.


  • Herbert Pfeiffer: The portrait: Emil Schering. In: Der Tagesspiegel , Berlin, June 26, 1947.

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  1. ↑ Theatrical Version: Emil Schering on his 60th birthday. In: Vossische Zeitung of April 13, 1933.
  2. a b c Herbert Pfeiffer: The portrait: Emil Schering. In: Der Tagesspiegel from June 26, 1947.
  3. "When I was studying in Berlin, I lived in the French Cathedral, next to the theater. The cathedral consists of two parts, the actual church and the tower: in the last one I found an ideal student apartment. There I began to translate Strindberg. " - Footnote in Strindberg, letters to Emil Schering , p. 17.