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Die Lesewut (German for the reading craze) or Die Lesesucht (reading mania), are terms that describes a period in German history beginning in the eighteenth century[1] when the number of German authors, books, and readers surpassed that of France to become the leader in published and read literature (i.e. the written word) in Europe.[citation needed] Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther[2] and the Sturm und Drang movement are considered to have been the catalyst for this event.


  1. ^ Woodmansee, Martha (1994). The Arthor, Art, and the Market: Rereading the History of Aesthetics. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 23. ISBN 0-231-10601-7. 
  2. ^ Galbi, Douglas (March 18, 2007). "Novel Content Creation". Purple Motes. Retrieved 2008-06-25.