English translation: (personal) library

German term or phrase:Bibliothek (here)
English translation:(personal) library
Entered by: Hermien Desaivre

07:29 Jan 4, 2011
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Philosophy / University of Zurich course
German term or phrase: Bibliothek
I suspect that in this context this might mean his knowledge base, his field of research or the background information that was available to him. If the course covers "the author as reader". then this probably does not refer to his own collective works, as I initially thought.

Der Autor als Leser. F. Dürrenmatts «Stoffe» im Kontext seiner *Bibiliothek* (schriftliche Arbeit, QO)
Hermien Desaivre
South Africa
Local time: 03:47
(personal) library
I also thought it referred to his own publications, but if not it might refer to his personal library. Which books did he read and how did they affect his authorship?
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Anna Smith
Local time: 02:47
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Anna Smith
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More details on this F. Dürrenmatt course



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Bibliothek (here)
(personal) library

I also thought it referred to his own publications, but if not it might refer to his personal library. Which books did he read and how did they affect his authorship?

Anna Smith
Local time: 02:47
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in category: 4
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Thank you!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Yes -I think it refers to the background he collected or created to form his opinions of. This answer in a Leo forum alerted me to the fact that there might be a different way to look at it: There is also the term "bibliotheca" which refers to a kind of summary of books, or a collection of books. Perhaps then: ".. in the context of his own reading"?

Asker: Jim Tucker - I know that Leo ref was on Microsoft, but that is what first made me think of the "Bibliothek" as a possible wider reading reference and knowledge background than Duerenmatt's own (owned) books. I did not know it as a field of study - my own experience with literature is undergraduate. But thanks for pointing it out, and thanks for all the help and comments.

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agree  Constantinos Faridis (X)
26 mins
  -> Thanks Constantinos :)

agree  Jim Tucker (X): Yes - asker should look more closely at that leo link - it's not applicable here (refers to Microsoft Knowledge Base). Examining an author's personal library is a widespread subgenre of scholarship.
30 mins
  -> Thanks Jim :)

agree  784512 (X)
55 mins
  -> Thanks Rosalyn :)

agree  Dr. Mara Huber
1 hr
  -> Thanks Mara :)

agree  Thayenga
3 hrs
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agree  Ramey Rieger
3 hrs
  -> Thanks Ramey :)

agree  adamgajlewicz
4 hrs
  -> Thanks Adam :)

agree  Rebecca Garber: w/Jim
8 hrs
  -> Thanks Rebecca :)

agree  Ingeborg Gowans (X)
10 hrs
  -> Danke vielmal Ingeborg :)

agree  Horst Huber (X): Of course; it's easy to forget that only a few years ago people's, even authors', knowledge came from the printed book.
10 hrs
  -> Merci vielmal Horst :)

agree  Jenny Streitparth
4 days
  -> Merci vielmal Jenny :)
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Reference: More details on this F. Dürrenmatt course

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"Die Leseeintragungen F. Dürrenmatts in die Bücher seiner realen Bibliothek sind kürzlich in einem Online-Katalog des Schweizerischen Literatur-Archivs zugänglich gemacht worden."


So this speaks - IMO - for the interpretation in Anna's answer --> his own real, personal library (his own reading).

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