Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951

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Austrian writer Hermann Broch was born in Vienna on November 1, 1886. His major works include Die Schlafwandler (1930-32), Bergroman (1935-1951), and Der Tod des Vergil (1945). Broch died in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 30, 1951.

From the description of Hermann Broch archive, 1872-1990 (inclusive) 1930-1951 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702131709

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Hermann Broch, an essayist, novelist, philosopher, and sociologist, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1886. Considered to be one of the leading European novelists of the first part of the 20th century, he lived in the United States after 1938. His two major novels are THE SLEEPWALKERS (1931) and THE DEATH OF VIRGIL (1945).

From the description of Hermann Broch collection, 1938-1972. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 177675071

Hermann Broch, author of Die Schlafwandler and Der Tod des Vergil, was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Vienna on November 1, 1886. The son of a textile industrialist, Broch studied textile engineering as a young man and gradually assumed management of the family business. Although he performed successfully in this capacity and became a respected member of the industrial community, his real interests lay in the intellectual-cultural sphere. From 1925 to 1930 he was enrolled at the University of Vienna, taking courses in mathematics and philosophy. With the sale of the factory in 1927, Broch relinquished his business obligations and dedicated himself to a life of writing.

During the 1930s Broch produced a considerable number of writings, including the novel trilogy Die Schlafwandler (1930-32), Die unbekannte Grösse (1933), the first version of the incomplete novel Bergroman (1935-36), numerous articles, essays, and poems, as well as a play, Die Entsühnung (1934). After a brief incarceration by the Nazis in 1938, he left Austria, traveling first to Scotland and then to the United States.

In America, Broch became friends with other academic and literary exiles, including Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein, and Erich Kahler. These years brought financial hardship. Broch's publications, although well received in American literary circles, could not be marketed in Europe during the war. Without a remunerative academic position, he lived primarily from occasional fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Bollingen foundations. Between 1942 and 1948, Broch rented quarters in the home of Erich and Alice Loewy Kahler in Princeton. While there, he completed his novel, Der Tod des Vergil (1945). During his years in exile, theory of knowledge and mass physchology were dominant themes in much of Broch's expository writing. He also continued to produce political essays, taking a strong stand against Fascism and war and for the preservation of human rights and democracy.

In December 1909, Broch married Franziska von Rothermann. From this marriage, which lasted a little over thirteen years, Hermann Friedrich Broch de Rothermann was born. In December 1949, Broch married Annemarie Meier-Graefe. The last two years of Broch's life were spent in New Haven, where he died on May 30, 1951.

For further biographical information, see Hermann Broch in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten (1966) by Manfred Durzak and Hermann Broch: Eine Biographie (1985) by Paul Michael Lützeler.

From the guide to the Hermann Broch archive, 1872-1990s, 1930-1951, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars records, 1927-1949, 1933-1945 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Richard Beer-Hofmann correspondence, 1882-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Untermeyer, Jean Starr, 1886-1970. Jean Starr Untermeyer papers, 1924-1970 (inclusive). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Broch de Rothermann, Hermann Friedrich, 1910-. H. F. Broch de Rothermann papers, 1916-1990 (inclusive) 1953-1986 (bulk). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Jean Starr Untermeyer papers, 1924-1970 (inclusive) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Helen and Kurt Wolff papers, 1888-1994 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Pantheon Books. Records, 1944-1968. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Theo Feldman papers, 1629-1957 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Clark, Eleanor, 1913-1996. Eleanor Clark papers, 1876-1993. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1952. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Torberg, Friedrich, 1908-1979. Correspondence : with Alma Mahler, Franz Werfel, and Adolf Klarmann 1940-1979. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn H. F. Broch de Rothermann papers, 1916-circa 2001, 1953-1986 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Schuyler, Steven. Steven Schuyler papers relating to Kurt Wolff and Hermann Broch, 1943-1991. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Geiringer, Gertrud. [Guestbook], 1920-1949. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Chimera papers, (1943-1959). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951. Hermann Broch collection, 1938-1972. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Lipman-Wulf, Peter. Peter Lipman-Wulf papers, 1938-1982. University at Albany, University Libraries
creatorOf Hermann Broch archive, 1872-1990s, 1930-1951 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951. Hermann Broch archive, 1872-1990 (inclusive) 1930-1951 (bulk). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Feldman, Theo, 1891-1957. Theo Feldman papers, 1629-1957. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Vol. VII. (ff.) Bradley-Brogan.James Stern, writer: Mary Lynn Broe, Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA: Letter to James Stern from Mary Lynn Broe: 1989.James Stern, writer: Bernard Brassey: Letter to James Stern from Ber... British Library
referencedIn Wolff, Helen, 1906-1994. Helen and Kurt Wolff papers, 1888-1994. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951. Correspondence to Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1941-1950. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert Pick papers, 1915-1977. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Richard Von Mises papers, 1908-1950. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Geiringer, Gertrud. [Guestbook], 1920-1949. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Sams, Jeremy. Zerline's tale / by Jeremy Sams ; adapted from the story Die Erzählung der Magd Zerline, from the novel Die Schuldlosen by Hermann Broch, 2007. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Józef Wittlin correspondence and compositions, 1940-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951. Letters, 1940-1946, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Waldinger, Beatrice Rose. Beatrice Rose Waldinger papers, 1918-1967 (bulk 1938-1951). Library of Congress
referencedIn Loveman, Amy. Amy Loveman letters, 1935-1943. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955. Typed letter signed : Saranac Lake, New York, to [Hermann] Broch, 1940 July 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn American Council for Emigres in the Professions. American Council for Emigres in the Professions records, 1930-1974. University at Albany, University Libraries
referencedIn Arendt, Hannah. Hannah Arendt papers concerning Hermann Broch, 1942-1975. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Arendt, Hannah. Hannah Arendt papers concerning Hermann Broch, 1942-1975. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Pick, Robert, 1898-. Robert Pick papers, 1915-1977. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Chimera papers, (1943-1959) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Beatrice Rose Waldinger Papers, 1918-1967, (bulk 1938-1951) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Austria
Austria
Austria--Vienna
Subject
Jews--History--20th century--Fiction
Authors and publishing
Psychology in literature
Jews--Austria--Vienna--History--20th century--Fiction
Democracy--History--20th century
Mathematics
Austrian literature
Values
Authors, Austrian--20th century--Translations into English
Exiles' writings, Austrian
Politics and culture
Politics and literature
Social psychology
Ethics
Authors, Austrian--20th century--Correspondence
Philosophy in literature
Knowledge, Theory of--History--20th century
Authors, Austrian
Human rights
Authors and publishing--Austria
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Birth 1886-11-01

Death 1951-05-30

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