The German Library

"The German Library" series is unique for presenting an entire foreign culture to the English speaking world, from 800 A.D. to the present. It includes not only works of literature in translation, but also philosophy, history, the visual and performing arts, the sciences, the social sciences, psychology, and religion. 

The quality and range of "The German Library" are without parallel, as attested by notices in the Washington Post Book World ("distinguished"), Booklist ("important"), Choice ("outstanding translations"), Unterrichtspraxis ("reliable"), and elsewhere. 

"The German Library" was conceived in 1980 by Volkmar Sander, Erich Maria Remarque Professor Emeritus of German at NYU and founder of the Deutsches Haus at NYU, and Werner Mark Linz, founder and president of the Continuum Publishing Company. The first ten volumes were issued in 1982.

"The German Library" encompasses German, Austrian, and Swiss authors, essayists, and thinkers. Altogether, nearly 1,000 figures are included, from Wolfram von Eschenbach and Hildegard of Bingen to Heinrich Böll, and in between Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, Heine, Schopenhauer, Kant, Hegel, Rilke, Nietzsche, Büchner, Schnitzler, Marx, Kraus, Kafka, Musil, Freud, Horkheimer, Adorno, Brecht, Dürrenmatt, Hochhuth, Frisch, Timm, and Bernhard.

Many of "The German Library" volumes feature introductions by internationally renowned figures such as Günter Grass, E. L. Doctorow, John Irving, Hannah Arendt, Max Frisch, Alfred Kazin, Peter Gay, Joel Agee, Harold Bloom, John Simon, Howard Nemerov, and René Wellek. Among the editors of individual books are scholars such as Peter Demetz (Yale), Sander L. Gilman (Chicago), Reinhold Grimm (California), Victor Lange (Princeton), Wolfgang Schirmacher (The European Graduate School) and A. Leslie Willson (Texas).

"The German Library" has been supported from the beginning by Deutsches Haus at NYU, Inter Nationes in Bonn, private agencies and corporations, as well as Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. In 2007, Continuum and Deutsches Haus celebrated the completion of the library with the publication of the 100th volume.

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The Max Weber Lecture Series

Thirty years ago, in 1977, Deutsches Haus at NYU opened its doors to the public for the first time. Since then, the 19th century carriage house in the historical Washington Mews has become an important platform for the international academic exchange as well as a cultural landmark in the life of New York City, and of New York University.

Believing in strengthening communication and understanding across the Atlantic, one of our most recent projects and collaborations was the establishment of a unique and key lecture series in collaboration with the Max Weber Chair at New York University. Fulfilling the Chair’s and the institution’s mission to promote close friendship between the United States and Germany through cooperation in the humanities and social sciences, a special series of lectures was created.


Signale aus der Bleecker Street

Signale aus der Bleecker Street. Deutsche Texte aus New York, Wallstein Verlag, 1999

This first volume of Signale aus der Bleecker Street appeared in 1999. This literary collection consists of German texts written by contemporary German authors who lived and worked in New York for two to three months during the renowned writer-in-residency program of Deutsches Haus at NYU.


Signale aus der Bleecker Street 2, Neue Texte aus New York, Wallstein Verlag, 2003

The second volume of Signale aus der Bleeker Street consists of a transatlantic dialogue between contemporary German and American authors. The anthology comprises contributions from over twenty writers, including C. Auff, Ralf Bönt, Breyten Breytenbach, E.L. Doctorow, Cornelius Eady, Lilian Faschinger, christAfrontzeck, Dieter M. Gräf, Bernd Hüppauf, Nobert Hummelt, John Keene, Nadja Klinger, Ulrike Kolb, Angela Krauß, Hans Krieger, Phillis Levin, Donna Masini, Albert Ostermaier, Ingo Schulze, Yoko Tawada, Holger Teschke, Hans Ulrich Treichel, Charles Wachtel as well as three illustrations by christAfrontzec und Christine Rieck-Sonntag.


Signale aus der Bleecker Street 3, Junge Literatur aus New York, Wallstein Verlag, 2008

Volume 3 of Signale aus der Bleecker Street contains a selection of prose, poetry and essays along with illustrations of artwork from Deutsches Haus exhibitions and by Deutsches Haus at NYU writers-in-residence. It includes contributions by Katharina Adler, Paul Brodowsky, Tamas Dobozy, Carl-Christian Elze, Matthias Göritz, Dieter M. Gräf, Christine Griebel, Kimiko Hahn, Jan Heller Levi, Bernd Hüppauf, Steffen Jacobs, Marcus Jensen, Andrew Kaufman, Christoph Keller, Tsipi Keller, Judith Kuckart, Dorota Maslowska, Milena Moser, Thomas Pletzinger, Andrea Schenkel, Hansjörg Schertenleib, Silke Scheuermann, Zafer Senocak, Darin Strauss, Yoko Tawada, Raphael Urweider, and Matthias Zschokke.

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