The special and research library of the Kleist-Museum is dedicated to Heinrich von Kleist and his contemporary environment. In addition, works by and about Franz Alexander von Kleist, Ewald Christian von Kleist, and Caroline and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué are collected and made accessible.

The historical holdings include valuable first and early editions from Kleist's time. In addition to primary literature – also in various translations – the library has selected secondary literature on the focal points of the collection, on the literary and cultural history of the Kleist period, scores and fiction with references to Kleist, yearbooks, bibliographies and reference works.

Publications by authors with a connection to the city of Frankfurt (Oder) and the region such as Franz von Gaudy, Gottfried Benn, Günter de Bruyn, Klabund, Paul Gurk complete the collection.

With the extensive collection of newspapers and magazines, the "Kleistiana", the library provides articles and essays on the life and work of Heinrich von Kleist and on the performance of his plays from the first half of the 19th century until today.

In addition, the collection "Kleist in Classic Editions" by Dr Doris Fouquet-Plümacher belongs to the library.

Since 1996, the "Minde-Pouet Estate/Collection Kleist" has been on permanent loan to the Kleist-Museum from the Berlin Central and Regional Library Foundation.

The reference library is open to the public and can be used free of charge. With a view of the Oder and Słubice, PC workstations are available to library users in the new building of the Kleist-Museum.

Please register in advance to use the collections.


Grit Wellmer


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