Franz Mehring

The Origins of German Middle Class Culture

The Lessing Legend


Abridged translation of Franz Mehring, Die Lessing-Legende.
Originally published as a series in Die Neue Zeit in 1892.
Republished in book form in 1893.
Translated by A.S. Grogan.
Published by the Critics Group Press of New York, 1938 with an introduction by Joseph Kresh.
Transcribed by Ted Crawford.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

by Joseph Kresh

1. Lessing’s Origins

2. The Prussian Monarchy

3. Minna von Barnhelm
A Satire on the Prussian State

4. Lessing and the French Classics
Emilia Galotti

5. Lessing and Religion

6. Lessing and the Proletariat


Last updated on 9.2.2006