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.

Awardees

Peter Demetz

Peter Demetz

Germanist
Born 21/10/1922
Member since 1977

Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis 1994
Laudatory Address by Reinhard Baumgart
Acceptance Speech by Peter Demetz
Diploma

... dessen Bücher und Kritiken geprägt sind von der Freiheit des Essays, tragend, zweifelnd, neugierig, offen für Widerspruch und Revision.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Präsident Herbert Heckmann
Vizepräsidenten Elisabeth Borchers, Norbert Miller, Ivan Nagel, Beisitzer Iso Camartin, Eckhard Heftrich, Hans Wollschläger