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Everyday Life in the German Book Trade: Friedrich Nicolai as Bookseller and Publisher in the Age of Enlightenment

Selwyn, Pamela E.

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ISBN 10: 0271020113 / ISBN 13: 9780271020112
Editorial: Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA, 2000
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Título: Everyday Life in the German Book Trade: ...

Editorial: Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA

Año de publicación: 2000

Condición del libro:New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: New

Edición: First Edition.

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An account of the working of the eighteenth-century German book trade as revealed by the career of Friedrich Nicolai (1733–1811).

"Selwyn’s work makes a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the book trade and publishing world during the Aufklarung in Prussia. Apart from what we learn about the specific career of Nicolai, we gain many insights into how books came into existence, what tactics prospective authors used, the joys and sorrows of the publishers and booksellers, how various governments attempted to monitor the book trade, the nature of book piracy, and a host of other matters. Selwyn’s excellent skills as a writer allow her to describe these issues in an engaging way . . . It is a marvelous piece of work—a delight to read."—John D. Woodbridge, Trinity International University

In his popular book The Germans (1982), Stanford historian Gordon Craig remarked: "When German intellectuals at the end of the eighteenth century talked of living in a Frederican age, they were sometimes referring not to the monarch in Sans Souci, but to his namesake, the Berlin bookseller Friedrich Nicolai." Such was the importance attributed to Nicolai’s role in the intellectual life of his age by his own contemporaries.

While long neglected by students of the period, who tended to accept the caricature of him as a philistine who failed to recognize Goethe’s genius, Nicolai has experienced a resurgence of interest among scholars reexploring the German Enlightment and the literary marketplace of the eighteenth century.

This book, drawing upon Nicolai’s large unpublished correspondence, rounds out the picture we have of Nicolai already as author and critic by focusing on his roles as bookseller and publisher and as an Aufkärer in the book trade.

About the Author:

Pamela E. Selwyn, who wrote a dissertation at Princeton University in 1992 under Robert Darnton on which this book is based, has been a freelance translator in Berlin since then.

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