Karl Vossler

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Karl Vossler
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Karl Vossler (1926)
Born(1872-09-06)6 September 1872
Died19 September 1949(1949-09-19) (aged 77)

Karl Vossler (6 September 1872, in Hohenheim – 19 September 1949, in Munich) was a German linguist and scholar, and a leading Romanist.[1] Vossler was known for his interest in Italian thought, and as a follower of Benedetto Croce. He declared his support of the German military by signing the Manifesto of the Ninety-Three in 1914. However, he opposed the Nazi government, and supported many Jewish intellectuals at that time.

In 1897 he received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg, and in 1909 was named a professor of Romance studies at the University of Wurzburg. From 1911 onward, he taught classes at the University of Munich.[2]

Works by Vossler published in English[edit]

  • "Mediaeval culture; an introduction to Dante and his times"; translated by William Cranston Lawton (1929).
  • "The spirit of language in civilization"; translated by Oscar Oeser (1932).
  • "Jean Racine"; translated by Isabel and Florence McHugh (1972).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Darko Suvin called him The leading Romanist of pre-Nazi times[1]
  2. ^ Thibaut - Zycha / edited by Walther Killy Dictionary of German Biography
  3. ^ HathiTrust Digital Library (published works)

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