Marcel Reich-Ranicki has died, after a rapid decline. He was 93.
Aside from being Germany’s foremost literary critic – with a column in the FAZ, a weekly TV show and a running war with most leading writers – he was a devoted Wagnerian who never missed a summer at Bayreuth – or a chance to criticise the Master.
Wagner’s German, he said, was appalling. Only the language of Meistersinger was close to acceptable. The composer, he said, should have got himself a librettist.
May Marcel’s dear soul rest among the righteous.