Guggenheim, Felix, 1904-1976

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Guggenheim acted as a literary agent for Alma Mahler and also mediated in publishing matters on behalf of Adolf Klarmann. Koretz was at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures; Ninon Tallon Karlweis was a literary agent; Lotsch was an editor at S. Fischer Verlag; Jacoby was an attorney; Bús-Fekete was a dramatist of works by Franz Werfel; Kaplan was the head of the book sectionin the Examining Division at the Library of Congress; Struckmeyer was an editor at Langen-Müller-Verlag.

From the description of Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Adolf Klarmann, 1951-1974. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863393

Felix Guggenheim was born June 6, 1904 in Constance, Germany. He studied economics and law in Munich and Hamburg, earned his doctorate in economics and politics in Zurich in 1925, and his doctorate in law in Leipzig in 1926. Guggenheim began his career as a journalist, and then worked briefly in a banking institution. In 1930 Guggenheim took over the directorship of the Seydel A.G. printing house in Berlin and the Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft, beginning his long career in the literary and publishing field. Although Jewish, Guggenheim was able to keep a position as member of the board of the printing house and book club until 1938, when he and his wife, actress Evelyn Holt, emigrated via Switzerland and England to the USA. The Guggenheims settled in Los Angeles, California, where they became a part of the large German emigre community. In 1942 Guggenheim and Ernst Gottlieb, a fellow emigre, co-founded the Pazifische Presse. This small press served as a forum for the German immigrant authors in Southern California who were without publishing contracts. Writers published by Pazifische Presse between 1942 and 1948 included Lion Feuchtwanger, Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel and Bruno Frank. Guggenheim would maintain contact with these writers throughout his later career as a literary agent.After World War II ended, Germans again had access to a free press. With the outlet of the Pazifische Presse no longer needed, Guggenheim turned his talents elsewhere. Guggenheim's experience in the publishing business, as well as his relationships with many talented and prominent authors, served as the basis for a new career as a literary agent, and sometimes financial and legal advisor. He worked with his friends Feuchtwanger, Mann, Werfel, and Frank, as well as authors Vicki Baum, Paulette Goddard, Thor Heyerdahl, Frederick Kohner, Heinrich Mann, Kurt Marek (Curt Ceram), Alfred Neumann, Erich Maria Remarque, Max Tau, Alma Mahler-Werfel, Victoria Wolff, and Arnold Zweig. Guggenheim remained active professionally until his death in Los Angeles on June 21, 1976.

From the description of Felix Guggenheim papers, 1941-1976. (San Leandro Community Library). WorldCat record id: 694813112

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Feuchtwanger, Marta. Marta Feuchtwanger papers. 1940-1987. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf S. Fischer Verlag. Correspondence with Adolf Klarmann, 1948-1973. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Guggenheim, Felix. Felix Guggenheim papers, 1941-1976. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Mahler, Anna. Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Adolf Klarmann, ca. 1940-1986. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bús-Fekete, László, 1896-1971. Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1941-1958. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Guggenheim, Felix. Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Adolf Klarmann, 1951-1974. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Marta Feuchtwanger papers, 1940-1987 USC Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Kraus Reprint (Firm). Correspondence with Adolf Klarmann, 1970-1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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correspondedWith Bamm, Peter, 1897-1975 person
correspondedWith Baum, Vicki, 1888-1960 person
associatedWith Bús-Fekete, László, 1896-1971. person
correspondedWith Ceram, C. W., 1915-1972 person
correspondedWith Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft corporateBody
correspondedWith Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958 person
correspondedWith Feuchtwanger, Marta person
correspondedWith Feuchtwanger, Marta. person
correspondedWith Franklin, Carl M., (Carl Mason), 1911- person
correspondedWith Goetz, Curt, 1888-1960 person
correspondedWith Heyerdahl, Thor person
associatedWith Jacoby, Herbert P. person
correspondedWith Jewish Club of 1933 corporateBody
associatedWith Kaplan, Marcia. person
associatedWith Karlweis, Ninon Tallon. person
associatedWith Koretz, Paul. person
associatedWith Kraus Reprint (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Langen-Müller-Verlag (München) corporateBody
associatedWith Library of Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Lotsch, Manfred. person
correspondedWith Mahler, Alma, 1879-1964 person
associatedWith Mahler, Anna. person
associatedWith Mahler, Anna. person
correspondedWith Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 person
associatedWith Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. corporateBody
correspondedWith Neumann, Alfred, 1895-1952 person
correspondedWith Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970 person
associatedWith S. Fischer Verlag. corporateBody
correspondedWith Simmel, Johannes Mario person
associatedWith Struckmeyer, Bernhard. person
correspondedWith Tau, Max, 1897-1976 person
correspondedWith Thorwald, Jürgen person
correspondedWith Waldo, Hilde person
correspondedWith Wolff, Victoria, 1903-1992 person
correspondedWith Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California, Southern
California--Los Angeles
German literature
Authors, German
Exiles' writings, German
Jews, German
German language
Jewish refugees
Jewish refugees
Motion pictures


Birth 1904-06-06

Death 1976






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