The New International Encyclopædia/Kürschner, Joseph

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KÜRSCHNER, kụrsh'nẽr, Joseph (1853-1902). A German author and editor, born at Gotha. At first engaged in mechanical engineering, he afterwards studied at the University of Leipzig. In 1889 he was made Aulie Councilor by the Duke of Coburg-Gotha. Besides several publications connected with the history of the German theatre, he edited successively in Berlin and Stuttgart a considerable number of literary monthlies, year-books, and other periodicals. He was also editor of the Deutsche Nationallitteratur, a critical collection in 220 volumes of all that is best in German literature; but was most widely known as the editor, after 1883, of the Allgemeiner deutscher Litteraturkalender (Stuttgart, 1879 et seq.), an annual biographical record of all German authors and their works. His original writings include: Konrad Ekhof (1872); Bayreuther Tagebuchblätter (1870); Heil Kaiser Dir! (1897); Frau Musika (1898); China (1901); and Kaiser Wilhelm II. als Soldat und Seemann (1902).