- Wolff, Kurt, Ermarth, Michael, editor; Schneider, Deborah Lucas, translator
Kurt Wolff: A Portrait in Essays and Letters
Univ of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1991, Cloth, , First Edition, ISBN 0226905519 , Very Good /Good+
223 pp. Appears unread, however a one-inch tear in dj at spine repaired with magic tape, several small tears in total. 'Kurt Wolff (1887-1963) was a singular presence in the literary world of the twentieth century, a cutural force shaping modern literature itself and pioneering significant changes in publishing. During and intense, active career that spanned two continents and five decades, Wolff launched seven publishing houses and nutured an extraordinary array of writers, among them Franz Kafka, Lou-Andreas Salome, Boris Pasternak, Gunter Grass, Robert Musil, Paul Valery, Julian Green, Lampedusa, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. As a young German publisher during the vibrant Weimar period, Wolff sought out and cultivated a new breed of defiantly orignal writers and artists. The Kurt Wolff Verlag, combining his passion for literary innovation and his devotion to fine publishing, quickly gained renown as ''The House of Expressionism.'' But catastrophic economic and social conditions in Germany forced Wolffto close shop in 1930 and go abroad. In 1942, within a year of his emigration to New York, Wolff founded Pantheon books. Under his stewardship Pantheon grew from a humble one-room concern into one of the world's most illustrious publishing houses. Not only did Wolff recognize great writers and thinkers before they enjoyed esteem, he also ushered their works to wider acclaim in a manner that wedded enthusiasm with sensitivity.'--from the dust jacket. Contents: Foreward; Translator's Note; Kurt Wolff: A Biographical Sketch; Essays on Publishing: The Publisher's Profession; On Publishing in General and the Question How Do an Author and Publisher Come Together?; On 'Luring Away' Authors, or How Authors and Publishers Part Company; Adventures in Publishing; Essays on Individual Authors: Franz Kafka; Franz Werfel; Karl Kraus; Rabindranath Tagore; Lou Andreas Salome; Letters: Rainer Maria Rilke; Heinrich Mann; Herman Hesse; Thomas Mann; Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Boris Pasternak; Gunter Grass; Laudatio: Laudation for Kurt Wolff by Lambert Schneider on behalf of the German Bookseller's Association, May 15, 1960; Acceptance speech by Kurt Wolff; Kurt Wolff Bibliography; Selected Titles from the Publishing Houes of Kurt Wolff; Glossary of Selected Names; Index.