Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis

The »Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis für literarische Kritik und Essay« (Prize for Literary Criticism and Essay Writing) has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature since 1964, financed by the Darmstadt-based Merck pharmaceutical company.
It is awarded annually at the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The Johann Heinrich Merck Prize has been endowed with €20,000 since 2013.

Prize Winner 2017

Jens Bisky is awarded the »Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis für literarische Kritik und Essay« 2017. The prize giving ceremony will take place in Darmstadt on October, 28.

Awardees

Lothar Baier

Lothar Baier

Writer, Literary critic and Translator
Born 16/5/1942
Deceased 11/7/2004

Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis 1989
Laudatory Address by Helmut Scheffel
Acceptance Speech by Lothar Baier
Diploma

Sein großes Thema ist unser Nachbarland Frankreich, dem er engagierte Arbeiten gewidmet hat.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Präsident Herbert Heckmann
Vizepräsidenten Walter Helmut Fritz, Hans-Martin Gauger, Hartmut von Hentig, Beisitzer Georg Hensel, Ivan Nagel, Lea Ritter-Santini, Guntram Vesper, Peter Wapnewski, Hans Wollschläger, Ehrenpräsident Dolf Sternberger