Georg-Büchner-Preis

The Georg Büchner Prize was first established during the Weimar Republic by the State of Hesse. Its purpose was to recognise writers, artists, actors and singers. It was first awarded in 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the new Büchner Prize has been awarded annually by the German Academy for Language and Literature. According to the charter of the Academy, it is given to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German culture.«
The prize is awarded at a ceremony held during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt.
The prize currently comes with an award of €50,000.

Awardees

Ernst Meister

Ernst Meister

Poet
Born 3/9/1911
Deceased 15/6/1979
Member since 1974

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1979
Laudatory Address by Eva Zeller
Diploma

... ein Äußerstes an existentieller Dringlichkeit und an poetischer Leuchtkraft...

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Peter de Mendelssohn
Karl Krolow, Manfred Ranft (Hessisches Kultusministerium), Horst Rüdiger, Heinz Winfried Sabais (Stadt Darmstadt), Bruno Snell (Ehrenpräsident), Dolf Sternberger, Gerhard Storz, Bernhard Zeller, Eva Zeller

 

Die Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung
verleiht den Georg-Büchner-Preis 1979

Ernst Meister

In seinen metaphysischen Gedichten, welche die Seinslage des Menschen betreffen, hat er ein Äußerstes an existentieller Dringlichkeit und an poetischer Leuchtkraft erreicht.

Darmstadt, am 19. Oktober 1979

Das Präsidium
Peter de Mendelssohn, Präsident
Dolf Sternberger, Vizepräsident
Eva Zeller, Vizepräsidentin