Friends of Gutenberg - Jour Fixe Digital

Digital Lecture on the topic "Letter writers as promoters of the development of the New High German language" by Dr. Erwin Kreim.

Under the motto "Wine and Knowledge," the Gutenberg Society once again invites you to the evening "Friends of Gutenberg - Jour Fixe". All old and new friends of the Gutenberg Society as well as of the popular Jour Fixe format are cordially invited to an exciting lecture on 27 May 2021 at 6 pm. Due to the current situation, the event will take place digitally. So prepare your usual glass of wine at home and make yourself comfortable in front of the screen.

Topic: Letter writers as promoters of the development of the New High German language
Speaker: Dr. Erwin Kreim

"In an age like ours, which is not inclined to letter writing, we easily forget what an important role it once played in our lives"

This quote by Anatole Broyard points to the great importance of the so-called letter writers. It is through them that the New High German language developed and they form the basis for the cultural technique of letter writing. A letter writer is someone who writes letters or gives instructions to do so. Since their emergence in the early modern period, printed letter writers as textbooks have formed a kind of netiquette of letter writing with binding rules. They cultivated written manners, fixed social rank and gesture, and reflected the epistolary culture of their era. In the 19th century, the letter writers were published in large numbers and, as veritable bestsellers, were among the most lucrative publishing products.
In research, however, they have so far enjoyed only peripheral interest, and even today they are considered an exceptional field of collecting. In his lecture, Dr. Erwin Kreim explains how he came to this special collecting interest and presents us with selected highlights of his extensive collection. The "Kreim Collection" comprises more than 450 letter writers from six centuries and is housed in the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. An insight into this extraordinary collection is provided by the recently published publication "Beststeller - Briefsteller. The Kreim Collection." from the newly founded series "Hidden Treasures of the Gutenberg Museum".

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Date: May 27, 2021
Time: 18:00
Location: MS Teams, you will receive the access link after your registration at
Organizer: International Gutenberg Society in Mainz e.V.