Franz Pfeiffer

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Franz Pfeiffer.

Franz Pfeiffer (February 27, 1815 – May 29, 1868), was a Swiss literary scholar who worked in Germany and Austria.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Solothurn as a Bürger (citizen) of Bettlach. After studying at the University of Munich he went to Stuttgart, where in 1846 he became librarian to the royal library. In 1856, Pfeiffer founded Germania, a quarterly periodical devoted to German antiquarian research. In 1857, having established himself as one of the foremost authorities on German medieval literature and philology, he was appointed professor of these subjects at the University of Vienna, and in 1860 was made a member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences.

In his later years, he traveled regularly to Überlingen am Bodensee to enjoy the waters at the city's spa.[1] He died in Vienna.

Works[edit]

Pfeiffer's most significant work is arguably the second volume of his Die deutschen Mystiker (German Mysticism). In this volume Pfeiffer collected the surviving German texts of the 14th Century mystic Meister Eckhart, who was at that time largely forgotten. This publication of the German Eckhartian corpus led to the modern revival of interest in Eckhart. Though there was subsequent dispute as to how many of the texts in Pfeiffer's edition are genuinely by Eckhart, his edition remains the standard and classic reference. The early translators of Eckhart into English, Evans and Blakney, depended largely on Pfeiffer for their source material.[citation needed]

His own work:

  • Zur deutschen Literaturgeschichte
  • Freie Forschung: kleine Schriften zur Geschichte der deutschen Litteratur und Sprache[2] (1867)
  • Über Wesen und Bildung der hofischen Sprache in mittelhochdeutscher Zeit
  • Der Dichter des Nibelungenliedes[3] (1862)
  • Forschung und Kritik auf dem Gebiete des deutschen Altertums
  • Altdeutsches Übungsbuch.[4]

He edited:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alfons Semler, Überlingen: Bilder aus der Geschichte einer kleine Reichsstadt,Singen, 1949, p. 173.
  2. ^ "Freie Forschung : kleine Schriften zur Geschichte der deutschen Litteratur und Sprache : Pfeiffer, Franz, 1815-1868 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Dichter des Nibelungenliedes : ein Vortrag : Pfeiffer, Franz, 1815-1868 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Altdeutsches Uebungsbuch zum Gebrauch an Hochschulen : Pfeiffer, Franz, 1815-1868 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Barlaam und Josaphat; : Rudolf, von Ems, d. ca. 1254 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Der Edelstein; : Boner, Ulrich : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Deutsche Mystiker des vierzehnten Jahrhunderts : Pfeiffer, Franz, 1815-1868 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Das buch der natur : Konrad von Megenberg, 1309-1374 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Berthold von Regensburg : Berthold, Franz Pfeiffer : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  10. ^ "Berthold von Regensburg". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  11. ^ "Walther von der Vogelweide : Walther, von der Vogelweide, 12th cent : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2014-04-29.