Karl Heinz Bohrer

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Karl Heinz Bohrer (born 26 September 1932 in Cologne) is a German literary scholar and essayist.

Life and work[edit]

Karl Heinz Bohrer received a doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in 1962 with a dissertation about the Philosophy of History of the German Romantics and received his post doctorate lecturing qualifications at Bielefeld University with Die Ästhetik des Schreckens - Die pessimistische Romantik und Ernst Jüngers Frühwerk (The Aesthetics of Terror - The Pessimistic Romantics and Ernst Jünger's Early Work).

From 1968 until 1974 Bohrer was literary editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Partly because of differences of opinion with his successor, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Bohrer went for this paper as a correspondent to England in 1975. He was appointed to the Chair for Modern German Literary History at Bielefeld University. He succeeded Hans Schwab-Felisch in 1984 as editor of Merkur, along with Kurt Scheel since 1991. Bohrer is now emeritus at Bielefeld. Most of Bohrer's output have been (collections of) essays. He also published an autobiography in two volumes: Granatsplitter (Shrapnel) (2012) and Jetzt (Now) (2017).[1]


  • "The Lost Paradigm: Frederick II, Prussia, and July 20th". Telos 135(Summer 2006). New York: Telos Press.



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