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Peter Huchel: A Literary Life In 20th Century Germany Stephen Parker

Peter Huchel: A Literary Life In 20th Century Germany

Stephen Parker

Published July 1st 1998
ISBN : 9783906760551
Paperback
617 pages
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The present study is the first full-length literary biography in any language devoted to Peter Huchel (1903-81), the German poet, radio author and editor of Sinn und Form. It draws upon a very substantial body of fresh archival material, much of itMoreThe present study is the first full-length literary biography in any language devoted to Peter Huchel (1903-81), the German poet, radio author and editor of Sinn und Form. It draws upon a very substantial body of fresh archival material, much of it accessible only since 1989, and upon testimonies, including those of his first wife and their daughter. The study traces the course of Huchels well-nigh unique progression through 20th-century German literary life, from the Weimar to the Federal Republic via the Third Reich, the Berlin of the years 1945-49 and the GDR. There, his legendary editorship of Sinn und Form in the 1950s lent him a unique mediating position between writers from East and West, until the journals all-German approach was deemed antagonistic to SED policy. For all the cause celebre of Huchels conflict with the SED, key elements of his career have hitherto been obscured by the spell of silence that the charismatic Huchel cast over much of his life and by a historiography uncertain in the evaluation of the development of German culture within the two dictatorships. A fresh appreciation of Huchels achievements emerges from the detailed examination of his life and work in relation to the notoriously volatile social and historical conditions of his age.