One of the oldest printed library catalogues was recently discovered at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. The single-leaf print from 1575 recorded a generous donation with hidden depths.Read more
Goethe’s Faust first appeared in an imaginary medium – a rumour. In 1777/78, various journals in Germany printed stories claiming that Lessing, as well as Goethe, were writing poetic works about that late medieval “arch sorcerer” and practitioner of “black magic” who was poised to become...
Budapest, winter 1956 – “Now I am simply happy that you’re healthy.” With this expression of relief, the young 27-year-old philosopher Ágnes Heller began her first letter to her academic mentor and teacher, her “dear comrade Lukács”. A correspondence fraught with political risk. At that...Read more
In the reading room at the Bibliotheca Augusta – the main library building of the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel – researchers work with the research library's manuscript collections. I had ordered Cod. Guelf. 1147 Helmst., a fifteenth-century psalter and prayer book. The manuscript...Read more
When translating, it is not always easy to find the perfect balance between producing a faithful reproduction of an original and expressing it in a contemporary form. With regard to a poetic book of the Bible, e. g. the Psalms, faithful reproduction also means expressing the formal...Read more