Princeton University Library Catalog

Goethe and his publishers / Siegfried Unseld ; translated by Kenneth J. Northcott.

Author:
Unseld, Siegfried [Browse]
Uniform title:
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Description:
x, 372 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
  • Goethe and His Publishers organizes for the first time the myriad details of Goethe's career in print. Himself one of Germany's most eminent publishers, Siegfried Unseld brings a singular perspective to this biography, focusing our attention on an essential component of Goethe's literary endeavors: his relationship to his publishers.
  • Carefully examining each work, Unseld covers the range of Goethe's oeuvre, from first anonymous publications to eventual monumental editions brought out by Johann Friedrich Cotta, the most renowned publisher of his day.
  • Unseld sifts through the rich correspondence between Goethe and his publishers, as well as letters to and from friends, colleagues, and contemporaries. Analyzing publishing contracts, draft contracts, and historical documents, Unseld reveals the tremendous energy Goethe exerted on behalf of his manuscripts. During negotiations he was sometimes circumspect and reserved, at other times demanding and assertive.
  • These exchanges not only shed new light on Goethe's complex character but also show how he changed the author's role in the publishing process. Thus, this work offers a penetrating study of the intricate and many-tiered relations between author and publisher, then and today.
Notes:
"This is an abridged version of the 1993 second, revised edition of Goethe und seine Verleger ... "--T.p. verso.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 340-367) and index.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
0226841901 (alk. paper)
LCCN:
96017077
OCLC:
34546295
RCP:
C - S