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
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 17:07
  • you're perfectly right @Deve. I added another reference.
    – Takkat
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 18:20
  • thx i ll check it out before I mark your answer
    – Yves
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 14:09
  • @Yves: dont hesitate to write your own answer if you find a book that meets your needs better.
    – Takkat
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 14:22

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