This part looks at how the author joined Frankfurter Allgemeine in 1973. Some fifteen years after his return to Germany, the author at last had a post in his literary life. The literary section of the paper, he hoped, would develop into a forum and an instrument of the highest quality; a particular concern of his was the reviewing of poetry. He then conceived the idea of extending the existing poetry reviews by introducing a regular weekly column. This would not present volumes of poetry, however, but individual poems from all periods of German poetry. Thus the Frankfurt Anthology was born. The fact that literature was being so widely promoted on the pages of Frankfurter Allgemeine did not, by any means, meet with approval only among the literary public — many of the author's colleagues on the paper applauded it too.
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