Georg-Büchner-Preis

Established by the then People's State of Hesse to recognise poets, artists, actors and singers, the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« was first awarded on 11 August 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the »Büchner-Preis« has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature. It is granted to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German cultural life.« (Academy charter)
The »Georg-Büchner-Preis« is awarded annually during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The prize comes with a €50,000 award.

Awardees

Hermann Kesten

Hermann Kesten

Writer
Born 28/1/1900
Deceased 3/5/1996
Member since 1952
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Georg-Büchner-Preis 1974
Laudatory Address by Wolfgang Koeppen
Acceptance Speech by Hermann Kesten
Diploma

Seine Romane und Essays, Erzählungen und Gedichte belegen das: vom Geist Lessings bewegt, befinden sie sich in einer unaufhörlichen Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ungeist.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Karl Krolow
Horst Bienek, Walter Helmut Fritz, Rudolf Hagelstange, Carl Linfert, Manfred Ranft (Hessisches Kultusministerium), Horst Rüdiger, Heinz Winfried Sabais (Stadt Darmstadt), Hans Scholz, Dolf Sternberger, Gerhard Storz, Wolfgang Weyrauch