Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche [The Jew's Beech Tree]

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  • Martha Helfer

Die Judenbuche [The Jews' Beech Tree] is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed German novellas of the nineteenth century. Published in serial form in the Morgenblatt für gebildete Leser [The Morning Paper for Educated Readers] in 1842, the text received only modest attention initially, but quickly achieved canonical status following its inclusion in Heyse and Kurz's Deutscher Novellenschatz [Treasury of German Novellas, 1876]. Since then the novella has remained widely read, and has been translated into many languages. Due to its popularity, its elegant and intentionally obscure writing style, and its subject m…

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Helfer, Martha. "Die Judenbuche". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2006
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]