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

Martha Helfer (Rutgers University)
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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 matter,

Die Judenbuche

has been the object of intense scholarly debate. Unsurprisingly, there has been little consensus about how to interpret this enigmatic text:…

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Citation: Helfer, Martha. "Die Judenbuche". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2006 [, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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