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The Author of HimselfThe Life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki$
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Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691206066

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691206066.001.0001

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(p.207) Part Three 1944-1958 (p.208)
The Author of Himself

Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Princeton University Press

This part recounts how, after they were liberated by the Russians, the author and his wife made their way to Warsaw. He then joined the Communist Party and began working for the Foreign Ministry. But since he did not adhere to the strict policies of the Communist Party, he was eventually imprisoned and dismissed from the party. This dismissal led to his work as a journalist and his return to German culture, and it enabled him to turn his love for German culture into a profession. From 1950 to 1958, he became the foremost Polish literary critic of German literature from the East and the West, and he befriended some of the most important writers and critics of the times, such as Anna Seghers, Bertolt Brecht, Hans Mayer, Siegfried Lenz, Heinrich Böll, and many of the members of the famous Group 47.

Keywords:   Communist Party, Foreign Ministry, journalist, German culture, Polish literary critic, German literature, German writers, German critics, Group 47

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