The "Uwe Johnson-Werkausgabe" is an academy project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities at the University of Rostock. The result is a historical-critical edition of Uwe Johnson's works, writings and letters in printed and digital form. The project has a duration of 24 years and is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This is the first time that the edition of a contemporary author of the 20th century has been realized in the academy program. The books are published as the first Academy Edition by Suhrkamp Verlag.
The project draws on the almost completely preserved author's estate. The holdings of the Uwe Johnson Archive are available for scholarly use as a deposit of the Johannes and Annitta Fries Foundation at the University of Rostock and form the basis of the edition. The Peter Suhrkamp Foundation provides the rights to the texts. The edition is called "Rostocker Ausgabe" and is edited by Holger Helbig and Ulrich Fries with the collaboration of Katja Leuchtenberger.