Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

Hans Magnus Enzensberger has worked in a wide variety of literary forms. His doctoral dissertation, Clemens Brentanos Poetik (1961; Clemens Brentano’s poetics), completed in 1955, is a central piece of Brentano scholarship. As the founder and editor (now coeditor) of the leftist journal Kursbuch (begun in 1965), Enzensberger exercised a substantial influence as a cultural critic on several fronts. Versed in eight languages, he has been a prolific translator of foreign poets and an astute editor of their works. He has written numerous essays and nonfiction works on politics, poetics, and social issues, as well as experimental fiction, drama, and works for radio and television.