Lion Feuchtwanger papers
Scope and Content
The Lion Feuchtwanger papers consist of the German-Jewish novelist's personal and business correspondence; manuscripts for plays, poetry, short stories, and historical novels; manuscripts by other writers including Marie Luise Fleisser, Luzi Korngold, and Alan Marcus as well as Charles Chaplin's manuscript for Limelight; correspondence with publishers; newspaper clippings mentioning Feuchtwanger and other exiles; photographs from Feuchtwanger's life in Germany, his exile in France, and in the United States; copyright agreements and reviews of his works; ephemera; art works; audio and video recordings; and his speeches and open letters about Judaism, politics, and literature.
Even though the majority of materials in this collection dates to the 1940s and 1950s when Feuchtwanger lived in Los Angeles, the collection includes important holdings from his exile in Southern France and a few materials from his life in Germany. Noteworthy among the materials from Feuchtwanger's life in Germany are the original manuscripts for his novels Jud Süss and Die hässliche Herzogin, as well as newspaper clippings containing Nazi propaganda and lists of people who were stripped of their German citizenship. The papers also contain Feuchtwanger's vast collection of autograph letters. Amongst these are original letters by historical figures such as Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Charles Darwin, Alexandre Dumas, Eleonora Duse, and many more. The collection also holds the bookseller's catalogs used by Feuchtwanger to acquire his vast personal library. Furthermore, the collection includes materials on the establishment of the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library at USC, the International Feuchtwanger Society, and the artists' residence Villa Aurora, the former Feuchtwanger residence.
- 1906 - 2000
- Majority of material found within 1940 - 1958
- Feuchtwanger, Lion (Person)
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Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) began his literary career as a theater critic and turned his talent to writing plays in the 1910s and 1920s. He first became internationally known for his historical novel Jud Süss published in 1925.
An outspoken enemy of the Nazis, Feuchtwanger went into exile in Southern France in 1933 and emigrated to the United States with his wife Marta in 1941.
During his seventeen years in Southern California, he wrote primarily historical fiction including: Waffen für Amerika also called Die Füchse im Weinberg (1947-48; Proud Destiny), Goya oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1951; This is the Hour, a Novel about Goya), Spanische Ballade also called Die Jüdin von Toledo (1955; Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo), and Jefta und seine Tochter (1957; Jephta and his Daughter).
He was an important figure in the intellectual and artistic circles in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 1950s. During the McCarthy era he was under observation by the FBI.
An avid book collector, Feuchtwanger acquired a personal library reflecting his interests in different historical periods and containing several noteworthy smaller collections of primary and secondary sources focusing on such subjects as Greek and Latin classics, Jewish and biblical history, the Enlightenment, French Revolution, German literature, and exile literature.
275 Linear Feet (297 boxes (~120 bankers boxes and ~180 document boxes))
- Actors -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Actresses -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Authors, German -- 20th century -- Biography -- Archival resources
- Authors, German -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Authors, German -- California, Southern -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Authors, German -- Germany -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Autobiography -- Jewish authors -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Autographs (manuscripts)
- Baum, Vicki -- Correspondence
- Brecht, Bertolt -- Correspondence
- California, Southern -- Emigration and immigration -- Archival resources
- Celebrities -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Chaplin, Charles -- Correspondence
- Charities -- California -- Archival resources
- Composers -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Concentration camps -- France -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Conductors (Music) -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Dieterle, William -- Correspondence
- Doblin, Alfred -- Correspondence
- Eisler, Hanns (Actor) -- Correspondence
- Emergency Rescue Committee -- Correspondence
- Exiled Jewish authors -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Exiles -- Austria -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Exiles -- Germany -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Exiles -- Southern France -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Exiles -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Exiles' writings, German -- California -- Archival resources
- Feuchtwanger, Lion -- Archives
- Feuchtwanger, Marta -- Archives
- German literature -- Archival resources
- Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Archival resources
- Historical fiction, German -- Archival resources
- International relations -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Jewish refugees -- California, Southern -- Archival resources
- Jews -- California, Southern -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Jews -- Persecutions -- Germany -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Jews, German -- California, Southern -- Archival resources
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Emigration and immigration -- Archival resources
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Mann, Heinrich -- Correspondence
- Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 -- Correspondence
- Marcuse, Ludwig -- Correspondence
- Massary, Fritzi -- Correspondence
- Musicians -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Nonprofit organizations -- United States -- Archival resources
- Political campaigns -- California -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Theater -- Austria -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Theater -- Germany -- 20th century -- Archival resources
- Walter, Bruno -- Correspondence
- Zweig, Arnold -- Correspondence
- Finding aid for the Lion Feuchtwanger papers
- Marje Schuetze-Coburn and Michaela Ullmann with additional data transfer by Adi Ben-Michael, Lauren Weindling, Matthew Gehm, Anno Hoeller, Christopher Robinson, and Melia Albrecht, and Lisa Ebiner Gavet.
- 2013 July
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- 2019: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub to include copies of FBI files on Bertolt Brecht and additional autographed works collected by Feuchtwanger.
- 2021 May: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub: created new container records (listed under "Unprocessed material") after finding unprocessed boxes during Grand Archives stacks shelf-reading.
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