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Meyer, Richard Moritz

MEYER, RICHARD MORITZ

MEYER, RICHARD MORITZ (1860–1914), German literary historian. Born and educated in Berlin, Meyer became professor (without salary) of literature at Berlin University in 1901. His books enjoyed a remarkable popularity extending far beyond his immediate scholarly circle. His prizewinning biography of Goethe in three volumes was published in 1895. He wrote a monograph on Nietzsche, Nietzsche. Sein Leben und sein Werk (1913). Meyer's outstanding achievements were his Die deutsche Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts (1900; popular edition, 1912) and Die deutsche Literatur bis zum Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts (ed. O. Pniower, 1916; enlarged edition ed. by Hugo *Bieber, 1923).

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R. Berbig, "'Poesieprofessor' und 'literarischer Ehrabschneider'. Der Berliner Literaturhistoriker Richard M. Meyer; mit Dokumenten," in: Berliner Hefte zur Geschichte des literarischen Lebens, 1 (1996), 37–99; H.H. Mueller, "'Ich habe nie etwas anderes sein wollen, als ein deutscher Philolog aus Scherers Schule.' Hinweise auf Richard Moritz Meyer," in: W. Barner and C. König (eds.), Juedische Intellektuelle und die Philologien in Deutschland 187 –1933 (2001), 93–102; idem, T. Kindt and H.H. Mueller, in: C. Koenig (ed.), Internationales Germanistenlexikon, 2 (2003), 1218–1230.

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