Kurt Wolff

Rabindranath Tagore (right) with his German publisher Kurt Wolff (left) in 1921. Image credit: Martin Kaempchen/ Visva-Bharati University

Rabindranath and his German publisher Kurt Wolff by Martin Kaempchen

“Being a publisher is not a profession, it’s a passion, an obsession.” This line from a letter written by Kurt Wolff could well have been the motto of his entire life. He was one of the most extraordinary personalities of German publishing in the 20th century. Wolff’s career spanned fifty years of publishing experience and brought together in his person the classical ethos of the 19th century as well as the dynamic, feverish search for new areas of experience characteristic of the 20th century. Read more