Mark-Georg Dehrmann, Jutta Weber (Ed.), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Von der Aehnlichkeit der Griechischen und Deutschen Sprache

1. Edition 2016
269 pages
ISBN 978-3-8470-0328-1
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The edition presents a hitherto unknown manuscript of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: a notebook with the working titel ›On the similarity between the Greek and the German language‹. Beginning on 1st December 1759, Lessing makes entries on etymological and historical-linguistic observations and underlines in this way how significant philological and historical linguistic questions were to him. The collection sheds light on the scholarly foundation of Lessing's writing and thought, and reveals the process by which he arrives at his often revolutionary standpoints. The edition provides a commentary and a comprehensive afterword that also gives an introduction to the contemporary scholarly contexts.

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»Die Edition […] ist sehr verdienstvoll und so gründlich wie transparent. […] [A]n Lessing interessierte[] Forscher [sollten] einen Blick in den Band werfen, der daran erinnert, daß es bisher trotz aller blühenden Forschung noch keineswegs gelungen ist, ›den ganzen Lessing‹ zu erfassen.«
Informationsmittel für Bibliotheken (Till Kinzel), 13.06.2016, 15.06.2016
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