Commented Edition of the Correspondence between Ernst and Friedrich Georg Jünger (1908–1977)

The relationship between Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) and his brother Friedrich Georg Jünger (1898–1977) occupies a special place within literary history. Both were writers, both temporarily stayed in the same house with their families, traveled together, had common acquaintances, and intensively discussed their writings. Their extensive, so far unpublished correspondence is testament to this close relationship, a correspondence that lasted from 1908 to 1977.

This exchange of letters reflects both their family relations as well as the history of 20th century German literary and cultural history. Thus, this publication will close an editorial and scholarly gap. After the end of World War II, the brothers began producing typewritten copies of their letters for a planned publication; however, for unknown reasons, it remained unpublished. During this preliminary work, many handwritten originals were lost. The remaining original letters, about 1300 to date, are kept at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach as part of both authors’ estates and are planned to be published in a commented selection by Klett-Cotta. This edition follows the publication of the correspondence between Gretha and Ernst Jünger which has also been devised at the ZfL. Its publication is scheduled for 2025/26.

 

Fig. above: Photo of the postcard “Ernst und Friedrich Georg Jünger (1935)” by A.-Paul Weber, © Dirk Naguschewski.

funded by the Oberschwäbische Elektrizitätswerke (OEW) and the Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg 2023–2025
Head researcher(s): Detlev Schöttker

 

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