Jacob Minor

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Jacob Minor

Jakob Minor (pseudonym: Junius, J. Löw ) (born April 15, 1855 in Vienna ; † October 7, 1912 there ) was an Austrian literary scholar .


Minor first attended the Schottengymnasium in Vienna. Since he was unable to become an actor due to a hearing defect, he studied German at the University of Vienna with Karl Tomaschek (1828–1878) and Richard Heinzel and received his doctorate there in 1878. After a year at the University of Berlin with Karl Müllenhoff and Wilhelm Scherer , he completed his habilitation 1880 for German language and literature.

In 1882 he taught at the Accademia scientifico-letteraria in Milan , after which he was a private lecturer and, from 1884, an associate professor in Prague .

In 1885 he returned to Vienna, where he was initially associate professor and from 1888 professor for German language and literature, succeeding Erich Schmidt . In 1898 he became a corresponding member and in 1905 a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences .

He was also active as an editor, as such, he published his own Novalis edition and worked on the Weimar Goethe edition (' Sophienausgabe ').

Minor was Vice President of the Weimar Goethe Society and from 1907 to 1911 President of the Vienna Goethe Society . He was buried at the Vienna Central Cemetery .


  • Christian Felix Weisse and His Relationship to Eighteenth Century German Literature (Innsbruck 1880) ( online )
  • Studies in Goethe Philology (Vienna 1880; with August Sauer )
  • Johann Georg Hamann in its importance for the Sturm und Drang period. Frankfurt a. M .: Ruetten & Loening, 1882
  • The fate tragedy in its main representatives. Frankfurt a. M .: Ruetten & Loening, 1883
  • Schiller. His life and his works. 2 vols. Berlin: Weidmann, 1890
  • Ferdinand of Saar. A study. Leipzig; Vienna: Fromme, 1898
  • Goethe's Faust. History of origin and explanation. 2 vols. Stuttgart: Cotta, 1901
  • From the old and new Burgtheater. Zurich [u. a.]: Almathea Verl., 1920



In 1930 the Minorgasse in Vienna- Penzing (14th district) was named after him.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the Austrian Goethe Society , accessed on May 22, 2011.
  2. Jakob Minor grave site , Vienna, Zentralfriedhof, Group 43, Group Extension A, Row 4, No. 21.

Web links

Holdings in the catalogs of the Austrian National Library Vienna

Wikisource: Jakob Minor  - Sources and full texts