A colourful and revealing look at more than 500 years of commerce conducted at the renowned Frankfurt Book Fair, from its beginnings in the Middle Ages. Even then, in spite of internal strife and religious upheaval, books were becoming increasingly accessible to those who found their way to Frankfurt to buy, sell, and promote. The fact that King Henry VIII sent Sir Thomas Bodley as his personal emissary to purchase books for the new library at Oxford University is an indication of the Fair's growing importance outside Germany.
Through the ensuing centuries, the fortunes of the Fair waxed and waned; however, the period following the Second World War brought with it a new spirit of renewal that has yet to lose momentum. In recent years, increasing number of international book fairs have taken the Frankfurt model, and each is finding its own way to further enrich the world of books everywhere.
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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
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
Index of Names 275
What People are Saying About This
"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.