A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair

A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair

by Peter Weidhaas, Carolyn Gossage

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ISBN-13: 9781459711372
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Peter Weidhaas served as Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair from 1975 to the new millenium and was ideally positioned to view the last quarter of the twentieth century at the Fair from the inside out.

Carolyn Gossage grew up in Toronto and is author of several books. After teaching for more than a decade, Carolyn decided to concentrate on new writing and research projects.

Wendy Wright has over 30 years' experiencing teaching and administering German programs in Toronto. With degrees from Canada, U.S., France, Germany, and Austria, she has taught on three continents and published widely.


Peter Weidhaas served as Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair from 1975 to the new millenium and was ideally positioned to view the last quarter of the twentieth century at the Fair from the inside out. He retired in 2000.


Carolyn Gossage is the author of books on Ethiopian icons and crosses. She has also published a number of historical titles, including Greatcoats and Glamour Boots and The History of the Frankfurt Book Fair. She lives in Toronto and has taught history and English in Canada and abroad for over twenty years. She is also the author of a number of books including: A Question of Privilege, Canada's Independent Schools (1977).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     9
Introduction     11
The Original Frankfurt Book Fairs (1454-1764) from the Middle Ages to the Reformation and the Age of Reason
A Man Hurries through Frankfurt - October 1454     19
A Book Fair Is Created     26
A Thriving Centre     37
A Meeting of Minds on Buchgasse     54
The Frankfurt Book Fair in the Seventeenth Century     63
The Issue of Imperial-Catholic Book Censorship     78
The Gradual Decline of the Book Fair in Frankfurt     97
Leipzig's Era of Supremacy (1764-1861)
Leipzig's Historic Role     105
The Frankfurt Book Fairs of the Twentieth Century
Early Attempts at Revival     123
The Frankfurt Phoenix     129
Moving Forward in Frankfurt     140
The Frankfurt Peace Prize and Expansion to the Fairgrounds     145
The Book Family     151
East-West Turmoil     156
In the Name of Literature     168
The Role of the Press     177
1968 - A Turning Point     183
Business as Usual     188
Major Book Fair Themes - From Latin America to India     193
Growing Internationalism     205
A Changing Infrastructure     218
PowerStruggle: The U.S. Market Asserts Its Influence     227
The Author at the Book Fair: From Albert Schweitzer to Salman Rushdie     237
The Era of the Agent     247
Frankfurt Goes Electronic     260
Author's Note     269
Endnotes     270
Index of Names     275

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"Fascinating, expertly written, and full of anecdotes and insights, 'A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair' is strongly recommended as a core addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library collections, as well as the for non-specialist general reader seeking to learn more about the origin of the model that all modern book fairs follow."

This delightful tome is not only a comprehensive record of the postwar development of the world's largest and most organized book fairs, but also a summary of how today's book industry developed over the past 600 or so years.

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