Johann Christoph Gottsched Bibliography

Die vernnftigen Tadlerinnen (The Reasonable [Female] Critics) 1725
Weekly publication in which Gottsched aimed to demonstrate that literature's role was to lead to the betterment of individuals and society at large. It appeared between 1725 and 1726.

Gottsched reputation has never recovered from Lessing's comments published on 16 February 1759 in the seventeenth of his famous Briefe, die neueste Literatur betreffend (Letters concerning the Most Recent Literature); after citing the claim of another contemporary writer about Gottsched: ??No one will deny that the German theater has Professor Gottsched to thank for much of its initial improvements, ?? Lessing continued in his own words: ?I am this No One; I absolutely deny it. It would have been preferable had Mr. Gottsched never been mixed up with the theater. His ostensible improvements either concern dispensable trivialities or represent actual turns for the worse.?
Der Biedermann (The Good Fellow) 1727
Another weekly publication in the manner of Die vernnftigen Tadlerinnen (1725) which appeared between 1727 and 1729.
Versuch einer Kritischen Dichtkunst (Outline of a Rational Rhetoric) 1728
Formed the bases of Ausfhrliche Redekunst (Comprehensive Rhetoric) which appeared in 1759.
Essay on a Critical Poetics for the Germans 1730
Work in which Gottsched argued that German literature should emulate that of the French. ?What the Greeks were to the Romans the French now are to us. They have given us in all of the major genres of poetry the most beautiful models and have written very many discourses, reviews, critiques and other guides from which we can take a number of rules.?
Contributions to a Critical History of the German Language, Poetry and Eloquence 1732
Eight volume work that appeared between 1732 and 1744.
Grundlegung einer deutschen Sprachkunst (Necessary Provisions for a History of German Dramatic Poetry) 1757