Paul List

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Paul List (standing) and his publishing partner Felix von Bressensdorf
Paul List Verlag office building in Leipzig (Carolinenstrasse 22 [today: Paul-List-Strasse]) before 1911

Paul List (born August 21, 1869 in Berlin , † April 30, 1929 in Leipzig ) was a German publisher .

The son of Kommerzienrat Friedrich Jacob Alfred List (1829–1882), banker and co-founder of the Allgemeine Deutsche Credit-Anstalt , and his wife Christine Marie Louise, née Simon, first began studying agriculture in Göttingen , but then followed his grandfather's career, of the Berlin publisher Jacob Alfred List (1778–1848) and trained as a bookseller at Verlag Schall & Grund , Berlin.

On April 1, 1894, List founded the Paul List Verlag with a focus on entertainment and non-fiction literature in Berlin, in the tradition of the grandfather's List Verlag founded in 1814 , which he moved to Carolinenstrasse 22 in Leipzig in 1896. Nataly von Eschstruth was one of its most successful authors .

Together with Felix von Bressensdorf (1876–1955), he founded a school book publisher in 1907, the geographical department of which he established by purchasing the relevant parts from the Braunschweiger Verlag Helmut Wollermann. This marked the beginning of an important production in the field of teaching books, which continues to this day and places the publisher among the well-known school book publishers. The main author was Heinrich Harms , under whose leadership wall maps, atlases, geographic textbooks and learning books were created. List took over Abel & Müller Verlag in 1919 , from which he separated again in 1925.

Paul List was married to Margarete Gottfried (1873–1944), daughter of the Commerce Councilor Emil Gustav Gottfried, owner of the Leipzig sugar factory Sachsenröder & Gottfried, and his wife Melitta, née Zangenberg. His brother-in-law was the painter Oswald Gottfried .

His son Paul Walter List (1899–1989) entered the business in 1919, took over the management from 1929 and ran the publishing house, which he continued in Munich after 1945 , until 1972. Paul Walter List was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit in 1964.

The Leipziger List-Verlag was taken over in fiduciary management in 1945 and incorporated in 1977 into the Kiepenheuer Leipzig publishing group, which worked until 1990 . In 1947, the former Carolinenstraße in Leipzig was renamed Paul-List-Straße .

The complete works of Knut Hamsun were published by Paul List Verlag . The publisher has been an imprint of the Ullstein book publishers since 2004 .


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Individual evidence

  1. a b Joachim Burckas:  List, Paul. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 14, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1985, ISBN 3-428-00195-8 , p. 692 f. ( Digitized version ).
  2. Publishing history List Verlag ( Memento from March 25, 2019 in the Internet Archive ). In:, accessed on April 14, 2020.
  3. List. Publishing history. “Today” ( memento of March 25, 2019 in the Internet Archive ). Information from the Ullstein book publishers on the history of List Verlag, March 1, 2019, accessed on April 14, 2020 (click the slide control on the right to display the “Today” section twice).
  4. Notes from the German National Library : “ Tarnschrift . - Ent .: From Tsarist Russia to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: Presentation on the draft constitution of the RSFSR, given at the 17th Extraordinary All-Russian Congress of Soviets / MJ Kalinin. P. 4, 6–30 ".