The Dictionary of German Biography provides information in a single alphabetical sequence on some 60,000 significant personalities from across the whole German-speaking region, from the early days of written documentation up to and including the present. Only German-speaking individuals who are now deceased are taken into account in the Dictionary. In the first volume, for example, the user will find biographical details on Angilbert, poet and political advisor to Charlemagne, on the Benedictine abbot von Aniane (both born c. 750), as well as on modern figures such as the famous Bavarian actor Gustl Bayrhammer (who died in 1993) and the banker Hermann Josef Abs (1901-1994).Upon completion, no other German-language work will match the Dictionary of German Biography as an extensive, precise biographical information resource. The Dictionary of German Biography closes a pronounced gap amongst German reference works. It not only provides answers to targeted questions, but also stimulates the perusing reader with a wealth of surprising biographical portrayals, facts and minutiae. The Dictionary of German Biography represents a gainful and far-sighted purchase for public and academic libraries, for historical institutes, schools, colleges and universities and for the interested layperson. The Dictionary of German Biography provides its readers with biographical information in clear, precise articles, whereby the aim is to effect the utmost in factual reliability.