Kurt Wolff archive, 1907-1938.


Kurt Wolff archive, 1907-1938.

The papers consist of letters, manuscripts, and other documents from the business files of Kurt Wolff Verlag. Chiefly correspondence with authors of the German Expressionist literary movement. Includes contracts, financial statements, and documentary material. Correspondents include Walter Hasenclever, Franz Kafka, and Franz Werfel. Most letters to the Kurt Wolff Verlag are directed to Kurt Wolff himself; others are addressed to persons associated with the Kurt Wolff Verlag, e.g. Georg Heinrich Meyer, Giovanni Mardersteig, Ernst Rowohlt, Kurt Pinthus, Erik Ernst Schwabach, Lothar Mohrenwitz, René Schickele, Annemarie v. Puttkamer, Arthur Seiffhart, and Daniel Brody. Letters from 1907 to 1912 are directed to the Ernst Rowohlt Verlag (which became the Kurt Wolff Verlag on Feb. 15, 1913). Many letters to the Hyperion Verlag and to the Verlag der Weissen Blätter, some to Der neue Geist Verlag, Genius Verlag, and Verlag der Schriften von Karl Kraus, which all were part of the Kurt Wolff Verlag at one time.

4.25 linear ft. (11 boxes)

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Rowohlt, Ernst, 1887-1960

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Ernst Rowohlt and Kurt Wolff jointly founded Ernst Rowohlt Verlag in Leipzig, in 1908. At the beginning of 1913 the two publishers parted ways, with Wolff, who had taken the initiative to offer Werfel a contract, proceeding to assume sole ownership over the company and to rename it Kurt Wolff Verlag. (In 1919 Rowohlt founded Ernst Rowohlt Verlag anew in Berlin.) Wolff remained Werfel's publisher until 1923. Pick was a friend of Werfel from the circle of acquaintances who had often gathered in Ca...

Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962

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Hermann Hesse was a German writer, popular but often politically out of step in his native country. His social criticism, and especially his focus on the individual and inner spirituality, contributed to extraordinary popularity in America in the 1960s. From the description of Hermann Hesse letter to D. Kilham Roberts, 1950 January 9. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 49344033 German author. From the description of Zwölfe Gedichte vo...

Sternhelm, Carl, 1878-1942.

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Pinthus, Kurt, 1886-1975

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Pinthus had been a friend of Werfel since their days as colleagues at Kurt Wolff Verlag in Leipzig, from 1912 until the First World War. Pinthus emigrated to the U.S. in 1937. Else Pinthus was Kurt's wife. From the description of Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1941-1964. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864584 ...

Meidner, Ludwig, 1884-1966

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Meidner was a well-known German expressionist painter, producing his most famous paintings in the period before the first World War. He was also a writer. From the description of Ludwig Meidner papers, 1917-1918. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122448085 Painter, 1884-1966 From the guide to the Ludwig Meidner Collection, 1916-1977, (Leo Baeck Institute Archives) ...

Gundolf, Friedrich, 1880-1931

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Gundolf, pseudonym of Friedrich Gundelfinger, was a German writer involved with the Stefan George group. He translated many of Shakespeare's works. From the description of Photograph. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122585342 ...

Meyer, Georg Heinrich.

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Meyer worked for Kurt Wolff Verlag, Werfel's publisher at this time, and was the head of the company during the period when Wolff served in the military during World War I. Rudolf Werfel, Franz's father, sometimes corresponded with Meyer about publishing matters on behalf of his son while Franz Werfel was serving in the military during the war and until the end of 1919. From the description of Correspondence with Franz Werfel, 1914-1922. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat...

Kollwitz, Käthe, 1867-1945

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German sculptor, printmaker, and painter. From the description of Letters, 1917-1923. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77615518 ...

Mühsam, Erich, 1878-1934

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Mühsam was at this time the editor of the journal Fanal, which he had founded in Berlin the previous year. From the description of Correspondence to Franz Werfel, 1927. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864022 ...

Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924

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Franz Kafka (b. July 3, 1883, Prague, Czech Republic–d. June 3, 1924, Klosterneuburg, Austria) was a novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absur...

Edschmid, Kasimir, 1890-1966

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Trakl, Georg, 1887-1914

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At the time of the correspondence Werfel was an editor at Kurt Wolff Verlag (which was also his own publisher); he was not personally acquainted with Trakl but received a manuscript of Trakl's poems for consideration at the publishing company. From the description of Correspondence with Franz Werfel, 1913. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864634 ...

Masereel, Frans, 1889-1972

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Mardersteig, Giovanni, 1892-1977

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Rilke, Rainer Maria, 1875-1926

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Rilke wrote to Werfel in 1913 after reading Werfel's first 2 books of poems, Der Weltfreund and Wir sind. They met for the first time in the same year. Ruth Siebe-Rilke was the daughter of Rilke and Clara Westhoff; here she signs her name Ruth Fritzsche-Rilke. She was at that time the administrator of the Rilke family archive, located in Fischerhude, near Bremen, Germany. (More recently the archive has been located in Gernsbach.) From the description of Correspondence with Franz Werf...

Ball, Hugo, 1886-1927

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Rolland, Romain

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French author. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Paris], to an unidentified editor or publisher, 1906 Nov. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872184 French communist intellectual. From the description of Romain Rolland miscellaneous papers, 1932-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754868035 Romain Rolland was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist, an idealist who was deeply involved with pacifism; Lucien Price was an American no...

Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963

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French writer and poet. From the description of Le papier colle ou le proverbe en peinture (essay), n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79154125 ...

Wolff, Kurt, 1887-1963

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Kurt Wolff had been Franz Werfel's publisher from 1912 to 1923. Helen Wolff (née Mosel) was Kurt's second wife. Helen and Kurt were good friends of Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel. The Wolffs, together with their son, Christian, emigrated to the U.S. in 1940 or 1941. From the description of Correspondence to Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, ca. 1941-1963. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864842 Kurt Wolff, publisher, was born in Germany; he established...

Brody, Daniel

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Meyrink, Gustav, 1868-1932

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Zweig, Arnold, 1887-1968

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Arnold Zweig was born in Prussia, was raised in Germany, and lived for a time in Palestine. His novels and plays, with themes of injustice and anti-war, were popular in the former German Democratic Republic. He returned to Germany from the Middle East after World War II and found a new audience in East Germany. From the description of Arnold Zweig letter to R. Toole Stott, 1944 Dec. 31. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52316277 Zweig fled German...

Joyce, James, 1882-1941

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James Augustus Aloysius Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Rathgar, a borough of Dublin, Ireland, the eldest of ten children who survived infancy. In 1888 he was enrolled at Clongowes Wood College, a Jesuit boarding school near Dublin, where he stayed until 1891. Thereafter he attended Belvedere College, and then University College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1902 with a major in Italian. While at UCD Joyce wrote a paper in defense of Henrik Ibsen's drama called Drama and Life, which was ...

Dauthendey, Max, 1867-1918

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Wolfskehl, Karl, 1869-1948

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Wolfskehl was a German-Jewish poet and philologist. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1938 and died in Auckland in 1948. From the description of Literary papers. 1941-1978. (National Library of New Zealand - Wellington Service Centre). WorldCat record id: 228162800 ...

Gauguin, Pola, 1883-1961

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Kirchener, Ernst Ludwig, 1880-1938.

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Kurt Wolff Verlag.

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Zech, Paul, 1881-1946

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Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955

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Epithet: novelist British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001085.0x000173 German author. From the description of Land of good will : typewritten article signed, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609625 From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : Bad Tölz, to Herr Fischer, his publisher, 1909 Aug. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607913 From the description...

Walser, Robert, 1878-1956

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Heym, Georg, 1887-1912

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Schwabach, Erik-Ernst

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Mohrenwitz, Lothar

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Lasker-Schüler, Else, 1869-1945

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Lasker-Schüler was a German poet and writer. From the description of Drawings, and letters to Hanns Hirt, 1914-1917 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 82391737 Lasker-Schüler was a German poet and writer. From the guide to the Drawings, and letters to Hanns Hirt, 1914-1917 and undated., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) Busch appears to have been acquainted with both Lasker-Schüler and Werfel; since he ...

Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945

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Franz Werfel was born Sept. 10, 1890 in Prague, Bohemia; one of the founders of the expressionist movement in German literature, Werfel began writing poetry when still a boy and published his first play when 20; published first book of verse in 1911; plays Goat song (1922) and Juarez and Maximilian (1925) were successfully produced in Europe and NY; published novel, Verdi, in 1924; married Alma Mahler, composer Gustav Mahler's widow, in 1929; in 1940 fled Nazis to US; wrote one of his most popul...

Borchardt, Rudolf, 1877-1945

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Schickele, René, 1883-1940

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Blei, Franz, 1871-1942

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Toller, Ernst, 1893-1939

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Ernst Toller was born in Germany, and studied in France and Germany. Toller was prominent in the German revolutionary government in 1918, and later was imprisoned for this activity. During his time in prison he wrote many plays. Toller fled to England in 1933 and continued writing. In 1936 he moved to the United States and wrote film scripts. In 1938 Toller travelled to Spain and began organizing relief efforts. From the description of Ernst Toller papers, 1922-1976 (inclusive), 1934...

Wedekind, Frank, 1864-1918

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Wedekind moved to Munich in 1889 and apparently lived there until his death, in 1918. According to Werfel's biographer Peter Stephan Jungk, Werfel encountered Wedekind in social settings in Leipzig during the period when Werfel was living there and working as an editor at Kurt Wolff Verlag, in 1913 and 1914, prior to being called up for military service upon the outbreak of World War I. Werfel gave numerous public readings during that period, in a variety of cities. From the descript...

Gorky, Maksim, 1868-1936

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Russian author. From the description of Autograph letter (incomplete at end and lacking signature) : [n.p.], to Walter Mett, 1922 Jan. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269563164 Russian novelist. From the description of Maksim Gorky appeal, 1921. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754869098 Author. From the description of Papers of Maksim Gorky, 1922-1936. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454921 880-11 Russkiĭ...

Hasenclever, Walter, 1890-1940

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Poet, dramatist, and essayist. From the description of Letters of Walter Hasenclever, 1938. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78236875 ...

Unruh, Fritz ˜vonœ 1885-1970

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Friederike von Unruh (née Schaffer) was an actress and Fritz's wife; they married in 1940. Fritz and Friederike left Germany together in 1932, lived for a time in Italy and in France, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1940, where they lived in New York City. They lived in Germany again from 1952 to 1955 and then returned to the U.S. Alma Mahler mentions Unruh several times in her memoir Mein Leben. While he was serving in the military in World War I, she wrote to him in praise of his play Ein Geschl...

Wassermann, Jakob, 1873-1934

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German-born writer Jakob Wassermann was a popular novelist in the first part of the 20th century. His novels often explored the theme of a nonconformist character encountering an uncaring society, or, more specifically, the issue of retaining Jewish heritage in the face of anti-Semitism and cultural assimilation. Consistently popular in his day, his intense, psychological analysis of modern society and religion sometimes became too abstract for general audiences. From the description...

Seiffhart, Arthur, 1880-1959

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Scheerbart, Paul, 1863-1915

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Landauer, Gustav, 1870-1919

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Werfel had met Landauer earlier in 1915 when, on the invitation of Martin Buber, Werfel met in Berlin with Buber, Landauer and Max Scheler, who had together formed a secret anti-militarist group. From the description of Correspondence to Franz Werfel, 1915. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863758 Born in Karlsruhe in 1870, Landauer was a philosopher, literary critic, Shakespeare scholar, and anarchist-socialist writer and politician. In November 1...

Huelsenbeck, Richard, 1892-1974

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German poet, closely involved with the Zürich Dada movement, Huelsenbeck introduced Dada to Berlin and edited several important Dada journals. From the description of Richard Huelsenbeck papers, 1910-1978. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78263944 One of the original founders of the Dada movement in Zurich. As a writer, he was associated with the Dadaists in Zurich and Berlin. He was living in Germany in 1933 when Hitler rose to power and immigrated to the Un...

Klee, Paul, 1879-1940

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Swiss artist. From the description of List of works and genealogical data, 1903-1922, 1933. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79260784 ...

Kubin, Alfred, 1877-1959

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German graphic artist. From the description of Letters, 1909-1947. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84548408 ...

Puttkamer, Annemarie

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Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942

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Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was one of the most prolific and popular European authors in the years before World War II. He wrote plays, poetry, and fiction, but his most popular works were highly fictionalized biographies of well-known historical figures. His central themes were nostalgia and humanism. From the description of Stefan Zweig letter and pamphlet, 1929-1932. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51589995 Austrian writer. From...

Zuckmeyer, Carl, 1896-

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Kraus, Karl, 1874-1936

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Author. From the description of Die stunde des todes : literary manuscript, 1926. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455305 Karl Kraus Karl Kraus was born on April 28, 1874 in Gitschin, Bohemia (modern Jičin, Czech Republic), then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The son of Jakob Kraus, a wealthy Jewish papermaker and businessman, and his wife Ernestine Kantor, Karl moved with his family to Vienna in 1877. He began to study law at the University o...

Grosz, George, 1893-1959

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George Grosz was a German-born artist. His early works seethed with satire for social conditions in Germany but, after emigrating to the United States, his works were equally accomplished but less political. He worked successfully as an oil painter, printmaker, and illustrator. From the description of George Grosz letter to W.H. Auden, 1944 Nov. 12. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53458459 Grosz was a German-born artist, who moved to the U.S. i...

Benn, Gottfried, 1886-1956

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Eulenberg, Herbert, 1876-1949

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Epithet: German author and poet British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001087.0x0003d2 ...

Tagore, Rabîndranâth, 1861-1941

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Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta on 6 May 1861. After his marriage in 1883, Tagore managed the family estates at Shileida, where he wrote many of his works. In 1901 he founded a school at Santiniketan, Bopur, Bengal, which later became the international institution, Visva-Bharati. In 1912 he visited England and translated some of his works into English. He also made visits to countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America. In 1913 he received the Nobel Prize for literature. At the...

Lichnowsky, Mechtilde, 1879-1958

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Mahler, Alma

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Alma Mahler, daughter of painter Emil Jakob Schindler and singer Anna Bergen, grew up in Vienna, studied music, and married composer Gustav Mahler. After his death in 1911, she married architect Walter Gropius in 1915. She and writer Franz Werfel fled Nazi Germany in 1937 for France and settled in California in 1940. From the description of Alma Mahler's birthday book, 1949. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 48912134 Born Alma Maria Schindler, Al...

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946

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H. G. Wells, Herbert George Wells (b. September 21, 1866, Bromley, Kent, England-d. August 13, 1946, London, England), best remembered for imaginative novels such as The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, prototypes for modern science fiction, was a prolific writer and one of the most versatile in the history of English letters. He produced an average of nearly three books a year for more than fifty years, in addition to hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. His works ranged from f...

Kolb, Annette, 1870-1967

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Kolb was a German writer. She emigrated to France in 1933, and to the U.S. in 1941; after the war she returned to Europe, living sometimes in France and sometimes in Germany. From the description of Correspondence to Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1944, 1945. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863683 ...

Becher, Johannes Robert, 1891-1958

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Brod, Max, 1884-1968

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Sophie Friedman was Max Brod's sister. From the description of Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, ca. 1908-1962. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863017 ...

Mann, Heinrich, 1871-1950

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Heinrich Mann, one of the foremost German writers of the twentieth century, lived almost penniless and seemingly forgotten in Los Angeles for nearly a decade before his death in 1950. Heinrich Mann was the elder brother of Nobel Prize winning novelist Thomas Mann. Despite his name and literary stature, Heinrich Mann remained virtually unknown in this country. By contrast, in pre-Hitler Germany, Heinrich had been both respected by fellow writers and popular with readers, perhaps even more so than...