Péter Szondi

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Péter Szondi (Hungarian: [ˈpeːtɛr ˈsondi]; May 27, 1929, Budapest – November 9, 1971, Berlin) was a celebrated literary scholar and philologist, originally from Hungary. His father was the Hungarian-Jewish psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Léopold Szondi, who settled in Switzerland after his 1944 release after five months in Bergen-Belsen.[1]

In 1965, he became a Professor at the Free University of Berlin, where he led the Institute for General and Comparative Literature. His fields were the history of literature and comparative literature.

He committed suicide in 1971.


  • Über eine "Freie Universität". Suhrkamp, 1973
  • Die Theorie des bürgerlichen Trauerspiels im 18. Jahrhundert. Suhrkamp, 1973
  • Celan-Studien. Suhrkamp, 1972
  • Hölderlin-Studien. Insel, 1967
  • Satz und Gegensatz. Insel, 1964
  • Der andere Pfeil Insel, 1963
  • Versuch über das Tragische Insel, 1961
  • Theorie des modernen Dramas. Suhrkamp, 1956
  • "Hope in the Past: On Walter Benjamin", reprinted in Benjamin, W (trans. Howard Eiland), Berlin Childhood Around 1900, 2006, Belknap Press [Harvard UP]. ISBN 0-674-02222-X

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