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I´m looking for a book on German Literature, describing its history the differents phases and currents, something rather exhaustive and "umfangreich". Is there a classic textbook ? (like for example the 6-volume Lagarde & Michard for the French literature, or a bit like "Der Ewige Brunnen" for German poetry).

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The "standard" textbook on German literature is the Kindlers Literatur Lexikon.

This exhaustive encyclopedia comes in 18 volumes and will cover everything.

For covering German literature only there is a much leaner textbook "Deutsche Literaturgeschichte" which in the only recently published 8th edition is quite up to date.

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It seems to cover literature from all over the world. – Deve Aug 21 '13 at 17:07
you're perfectly right @Deve. I added another reference. – Takkat Aug 21 '13 at 18:20
thx i ll check it out before I mark your answer – Yves Aug 22 '13 at 14:09
@Yves: dont hesitate to write your own answer if you find a book that meets your needs better. – Takkat Aug 22 '13 at 14:22

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