Paul Merker (literary historian)

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Paul Merker (born April 24, 1881 in Dresden , † February 25, 1945 in Stolpen ) was a German literary historian and university professor .


Merker held a professorship at the University of Leipzig from 1917 , from 1921 at the University of Greifswald and from 1928 at the University of Breslau (today: Wrocław). In 1923 he was a speaker for the inaugural dissertation submitted by Arthur Koetz on the subject of "The grave problem in its contemporary history" at the Greifswald Philosophical Faculty under the dean's office of Johannes Mewaldt . Paul Merker, together with his wife Erna, experienced the air raids on Dresden and died of the consequences of smoke gas poisoning on February 25th in Stolpen .


  • with Wolfgang Stammler as editor: Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturgeschichte. With the participation of numerous specialist scholars. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 1925–1931, 4 vols.
  • The author of Eccius dedelatus et al. a. Reformation dialogues. Niemeyer, Halle (Saale) 1923.
  • Modern German literary history. Perthes, Gotha 1922.
  • Studies on the New High German legend poetry. Leipzig 1906 (Doctorate to Dr. phil.)
  • The Criminal Law of the Old Icelandic Grágás. 1908 (doctorate in law)
  • Simon Lemnius. A humanist life. Leipzig 1908 (habilitation)


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Title page of the print of an excerpt from this inaugural dissertation, printed with the permission of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Greifswald [1923]; Microfilming from May 5, 1995 in the Berlin State Library
  2. Christoph König (Ed.), With the assistance of Birgit Wägenbaur u. a .: Internationales Germanistenlexikon 1800–1950 . Volume 2: H-Q. de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2003, ISBN 3-11-015485-4 , p. 1203.