Herbert Greiner-May

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Herbert Greiner-Mai (born August 4, 1927 in Lauscha ; † November 11, 1989 in Weimar ) was a German specialist in German studies and a publisher's editor.


The high school student Herbert Greiner-Mai, son of a Lauscha glassblower, was founded in 1943 as an Air Force auxiliary used and then made up to 1945 as a soldier military service . Until 1948 in Soviet captivity , he attended the Antifa school in Alapayevsk .

From 1948 to 1949 Herbert Greiner-Mai completed his Abitur at the Jena preparatory college , then studied English and German at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and graduated in 1953 with a diploma in philology . Then he was an editor at Volksverlag Weimar and from 1959 head editor. From 1964, Herbert Greiner-Mai was the editor in charge of the German heritage editing department at Aufbau-Verlag in Berlin and Weimar.


Work (selection)

  • Glass, snow and a gang of rascals. Illustrations by Engelbert Schoner . Knabes youth library. Knabe, Weimar 1955
  • together with Wally Eichhorn-Nelson : Picture book from the high Thuringian Forest. Illustrations by Engelbert Schoner . Volksverlag, Weimar 1956
  • Weimar. Pictures of a traditional city. Photos by Klaus G. Beyer . Aufbau-Verlag Berlin 1979 (reprint: Simon, Munich-Pullach 1989 ISBN 978-3-351-01327-1 )
  • Poets, places, episodes (collaborators: Wolfgang Schneider and Horst H. Müller). Tourist-Verlag Berlin 1985 (reprint of Klett-Verlag for knowledge and education, Stuttgart 1990, ISBN 978-3-12-895120-1 )


  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe : works. Vol. 1., Poetry and Truth. Volksverlag, Weimar 1956
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The new Melusine. A selection. Illustrations by Bernhard Nast . Children's book publisher Berlin 1961
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Poems. Goethe. Selected by Herbert Greiner-Mai and Hans-Joachim Kruse. Volksverlag (Library of German Classics), Weimar 1963
  • Friedrich Hölderlin : Works. 2 vols. Selected and introduced by Herbert Greiner-Mai. Volksverlag (Library of German Classics), Weimar 1963
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: works. Vol. 8, From my life. Poetry and truth. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1966
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: works. Vol. 10, Italian travel. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1966
  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing : Letters. Vol. 1. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1967
  • Ancient poetry in classical adaptations. Edited by Herbert Greiner-Mai and Manfred Wolter . Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1968
  • Homer s frog and mouse war. German by Christian Graf zu Stolberg . Illustrations by Renate Totzke-Israel . Rütten & Loening, Berlin 1970
  • The wonderful history of the horned Siegfried. Retold from the popular book of 1726. Herbert Greiner-May. Illustrations by Hans Wiegandt . Knabes youth library. Knabe, Weimar 1971
  • Heinrich Heine : Life journey. One hundred and fifty poems. Selected by Herbert Greiner-Mai and Gotthard Erler . Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1972
  • A fisherman sat in the boat. The most beautiful German ballads of the 19th century. Selected by Herbert Greiner-Mai and Wulf Kirsten . Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1974
  • Weimar in the judgment of the world. Voices from three centuries. Edited by Herbert Greiner-Mai in collaboration with Gerhard Hendel . Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1977
  • Happiness without rest. German love poems from a hundred years. Selected by Herbert Greiner-Mai and Wulf Kirsten. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1978
  • Small dictionary of world literature . Bibliographical Institute, Leipzig 1983
  • Diccionario Akal de literatura general y comparada. Small dictionary of world literature (Spanish) Tres Cantos, Madrid 2006, ISBN 978-84-460-1863-6
  • Love is not love alone. Ancient Greek love poems. Selected by Herbert Greiner-Mai. Translated from the Greek by Dietrich Ebener . The verses of Sophocles were translated by Rudolf Schottlaender . Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1984
  • Rudolf Baumbach : The fiddle bow of the Neck. Fairy tales and stories. Edited and edited by Herbert Greiner-Mai . Postreiter-Verlag, Halle 1986
  • Cyclops in love. Ancient humor and satire. Illustrations by Harry Juergens. Eulenspiegel-Verlag Berlin 1989, ISBN 978-3-359-00353-3
  • Johann Karl August Musäus : The robbed veil and other fairy tales and legends. Selected and edited for children by Herbert Greiner-Mai. Illustrations by Gerhard Lahr . Postreiter-Verlag Halle 1989, ISBN 978-3-7421-0239-3


  • Entry on p. 242 in: Gabriele Baumgartner (Hrsg.), Dieter Hebig (Hrsg.): Biographisches Handbuch der SBZ, DDR. Vol. 1., Abendroth - Lyr. Saur, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-598-11176-2

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