Guide to the Archival Materials of the German-speaking Emigration to the United States after 1933: Volume 3

Walter de Gruyter
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Walter de Gruyter
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Feb 21, 2014
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991
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9783110960631
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English
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History / Modern / 20th Century
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Deutschsprachige Exilliteratur seit 1933 provides an overview of German-speaking exile literature in the USA. Exiled authors are those German-speaking authors who emigrated during the Thirties due to political or ethnic reasons, resulting directly or indirectly from Hitler's taking power. Exile literature refers not to the works of former emigrants after their return, but to the literature written by emigrants during their exile. The series includes film, theatre and literary essays in addition to the belles-lettres. With the publishing of part-volume 3/V the series is now complete! Volume 1 and 2 focus mainly on emigrantion: Volume 1 - California covers individuals such as Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger und Bertolt Brecht as well as authors who worked for the film industry in Hollywood, like Billy Wilder. Volume 2 - New York is concerned with emigrants who went to New York, the arena for some of the most significant controversies regarding National Socialism and exile. Volume 3, published in five parts, present portraits of more than 80 literary figures. Volume 3/III to 3/V contains further portraits of authors along with articles dealing specifically with the problems of emigration and the conditions in which emigrants had to live. The current Volume 3/V offers a thoroughly revised and completed table 'Exiljahre in den USA' (years of exile in the USA), listing the exact details of the period spent in exile, by all those German-speaking authors listed in volume 5. Volume 4 contains, in three part volumes, a total of 225 personal bibliographies, of which 150 are first bibliographies.
Deutschsprachige Exilliteratur seit 1933 provides an overview of German-speaking exile literature in the USA. Exiled authors are those German-speaking authors who emigrated during the Thirties due to political or ethnic reasons, resulting directly or indirectly from Hitler's taking power. Exile literature refers not to the works of former emigrants after their return, but to the literature written by emigrants during their exile. The series includes film, theatre and literary essays in addition to the belles-lettres. With the publishing of part-volume 3/V the series is now complete! Volume 1 and 2 focus mainly on emigrantion: Volume 1 - California covers individuals such as Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger und Bertolt Brecht as well as authors who worked for the film industry in Hollywood, like Billy Wilder. Volume 2 - New York is concerned with emigrants who went to New York, the arena for some of the most significant controversies regarding National Socialism and exile. Volume 3, published in five parts, present portraits of more than 80 literary figures. Volume 3/III to 3/V contains further portraits of authors along with articles dealing specifically with the problems of emigration and the conditions in which emigrants had to live. The current Volume 3/V offers a thoroughly revised and completed table 'Exiljahre in den USA' (years of exile in the USA), listing the exact details of the period spent in exile, by all those German-speaking authors listed in volume 5. Volume 4 contains, in three part volumes, a total of 225 personal bibliographies, of which 150 are first bibliographies.
Deutschsprachige Exilliteratur seit 1933 provides an overview of German-speaking exile literature in the USA. Exiled authors are those German-speaking authors who emigrated during the Thirties due to political or ethnic reasons, resulting directly or indirectly from Hitler's taking power. Exile literature refers not to the works of former emigrants after their return, but to the literature written by emigrants during their exile. The series includes film, theatre and literary essays in addition to the belles-lettres. With the publishing of part-volume 3/V the series is now complete! Volume 1 and 2 focus mainly on emigrantion: Volume 1 - California covers individuals such as Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger und Bertolt Brecht as well as authors who worked for the film industry in Hollywood, like Billy Wilder. Volume 2 - New York is concerned with emigrants who went to New York, the arena for some of the most significant controversies regarding National Socialism and exile. Volume 3, published in five parts, present portraits of more than 80 literary figures. Volume 3/III to 3/V contains further portraits of authors along with articles dealing specifically with the problems of emigration and the conditions in which emigrants had to live. The current Volume 3/V offers a thoroughly revised and completed table 'Exiljahre in den USA' (years of exile in the USA), listing the exact details of the period spent in exile, by all those German-speaking authors listed in volume 5. Volume 4 contains, in three part volumes, a total of 225 personal bibliographies, of which 150 are first bibliographies.
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