The Kindler Literature encyclopedia (in German: Das Kindler Literatur Lexikon) is an encyclopedia released in Germany covering information about world literature. Its first edition was released from 1965 to 1972 (7 volumes). Its second and third edition were distributed from 1988–1992 (20 volumes) and in 2009 (18 volumes). In 1999 a CD-ROM version was released.
For the first release the publisher Helmut Kindler started to translate articles from the Italian encyclopedia "Dizionario Letterario Bompiani". Additionally Kindler hired a crew to wrote articles on their own. As the first edition started as a translation, its primary focus was romanesque literature. With the second edition the former translations were to be rewritten. After a lot of nation building in between the 2. and 3. edition, some countries literature were merged (e.g. Russia and Ukraine).
In 2009 the German newspaper Die Welt called the Kindler superior to Wikipedia articles. From all the articles in the 2009 edition, the half was newly rewritten. An Online version went live at the same time.
- "Vorwort Kindler 2009 - derkindlers Webseite!".
- "Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon schlägt locker Wikipedia: Nachschlagewerk - WELT". DIE WELT. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
- "literaturblatt: Mit 18 Bänden um die Welt – das neue Kindlers Literatur Lexikon". www.literaturblatt.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-22.
- "Vorwort Kindler 2009 - derkindlers Webseite!". www.derkindler.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-22.
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