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Autorinnen und Autoren der deutschsprachigen Literatur und des deutschsprachigen Raums: Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart

Database of Authors: Writers of German-Language Literature and the German-Speaking World – From the Beginning to the Present Day
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About this database

From 2012 on, the Verfasser-Datenbank (Database of Authors) enables, for the first time, the renowned standard reference works Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters, Deutscher Humanismus 14801520, Frühe Neuzeit in Deutschland 15201620, Frühe Neuzeit in Deutschland 16201720, and the Killy-Literaturlexikon to be used systematically in electronic form. Over 20,000 lexicon articles on authors of German literature, ranging from the very beginnings to the present, were cross-linked in this Online Reference Work and their content can be accessed in a targeted manner using differentiated search criteria. In ongoing updates, the part of Online Reference relating to the Middle Ages is revised in terms of content and supplemented by many current literature references which are linked to the library collections. An advisory board of established experts guarantees the high academic quality of the content revision. For help and more information on our Online Reference Products, please click here.

The articles in the VDBO have been linked to external sources, such as the Catalog of the German National Library (GND), the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), the German Biography (ADB/NDB), the "Handschriftencensus" (HSC), and the digital edition "Lyrik des deutschen Mittelalters" (LDM).

Your Benefits

  • Based on over 20,000 articles, this online reference work provides comprehensive and reliable information about literary authors in the German-speaking world from the Middle Ages to the present
  • Targeted research by names, titles of works, epochs, manuscripts, places of printing, literature references etc.
  • Ongoing content revision of the 'dictionary of authors' Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters (German Literature of the Middle Ages)
  • Updated references to all articles at publication and a further 3,500 new references per year
  • Ongoing updates
  • Linking to the library collections

Supplementary Materials



Entries from Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters (German Literature of the Middle Ages) are being revised and we are working on adding new entries continually. The editors in charge are:

Prof. Dr. Racha Kirakosian, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Norbert Kössinger, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. Florian Kragl, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Astrid Lembke, Universität Mannheim

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Müller, Universität Wien

Prof. Dr. Julia Weitbrecht, Universität zu Köln

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Last updated on 07.02.2024

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