Everyday Life in the German Book Trade: Friedrich Nicolai as Bookseller and Publisher in the Age of Enlightenment, 1750-1810

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Penn State Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 419 pages
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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 Enlightenment 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This book, drawing upon Nicolai&’s large unpublished correspondence, rounds out the picture we have of Nicolai already as author and critic by focusing on his roles as bookseller and publisher and as an Aufk&ärer in the book trade.

 

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Contents

The Life and Opinions of Friedrich Nicolai
1
A Publishing
29
Everyday Life in the Book Trade
99
4
123
The Legal and Political Framework of the EighteenthCentury
181
5
251
Nicolai and His Authors
299
Afterword
375
Nicolais Sbop Employees
382
Index
407
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Pamela E. Selwyn is a freelance translator whose work has appeared in various publications.

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