The discrepancy between the German author A. E. Johann’s prolific output of novels, short stories, travelogues, and essays, and the glaring absence of his name in virtually all histories of German literature is striking. No ‘serious’ literary scholar seems to have deemed it worthy of his/her efforts to engage with Johann, disregarding a few recent exceptions. We have to turn to the often but by now unfairly maligned


(German version) to find basic information about him and his vast body of texts, which this article hopes to expand, update, and improve without necessarily trying to vindicate him as an ‘outstanding’ but forgotten author. And there is a group of admirers who have formed a literary society dedicated to this writer (https://www.a-e-johann.de/). At issue is…

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "A. E. Johann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 July 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15248, accessed 25 July 2024.]

15248 A. E. Johann 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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