born 1954 in Leverkusen, he studied German Language and Literature and Musicology, earning his Ph.D. with a dissertation on Hegel’s aesthetics. He worked for the »FAZ« and in 2001 switched to the »Süddeutschen Zeitung«, where he runs the cultural pages since 2007. Steinfeld concentrates on the development, the peculiarities and possibilities of the German language. In 2010 he published his »Sprachverführer« (tr: Language Seducer). Steinfeld lives in Munich.