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The literary career of Conrad Bröske

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Protestantism began as a literary culture, spreading its message on the wings of the printed page. Conrad Bröske's career fits comfortably within this Protestant literary culture. He played a strategic role in the earliest stage of the remarkable story of Philadelphian-inspired book production in Germany. Bröske offers a valuable touchstone for investigating this extensive literature and the circumstances of its publication. Bröske made brief allusions to his readership in several of his polemical writings. In his dispute with Dippel, Bröske referred to "many hundreds" who eagerly read their Streitschriften or argumentative tracts. The final piece of the puzzle in assessing Conrad Bröske's significance in the early days of Pietist publishing lies in his work as translator, editor and censor in promoting the writings of fellow Pietists. In listing his writings, Bröske consigned his ambitious Philadelphian dialogues, Die Unterredungen, to the category of "Scharteken," relatively worthless.

Keywords: Conrad Bröske; Germany; Philadelphian-inspired book production; Pietist publishing; polemical writings; Protestant literary culture



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