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The Horst Frenz Collection

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Horst Frenz was born in Oberlauringen, Germany on June 29, 1912.  He received his Ph.D from the University of Gottingen in 1936.  He came to the United States in 1937 and became a citizen in 1948.  After assistantships at the University of London and the University of Illinois, he established his career at the University of Indiana: Instructor in English 1940-1945; Assistant Professor of English, 1945-1949; Associate Professor, 1949-1954; Professor, 1954-1964; Professor of English and Comparative Literature and associate director of the School of Letters 1964-1972; Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, 1969 -  retirement. Author of Soziales Drama in England, 1939; Eugene O'Neill, 1965; Eugene O'Neill 1971 (Translated from the German by Helen Sebba.  Revisions and additions for the American edition by the author); Amerikanische Dramaturgie, 1965; American Playwrights on Drama, 1965; Nordamerikanische Literatur im deutschen Sprachraum seit 1945, 1973.  Editior of Whitman and Rolleston; a correspondence, edited with an introduction and notes  by  Horst Frenz 1951 and 1952; Writers of the Western World, rev. ed 1967.

The Frenz papers primarily reflect the research interests of Horst Frenz in the international response to Eugene O'Neill's work.  The bulk of the material consists of notes, correspondence, photocopies, drafts of writings and other materials assembled in the course of his research.  Most of it is organized by country.  Other materials reflect research on the relationships between O'Neill and other writers, and are organized by name of writer.  The collection also contains a small amount of research material on the relationship of American literature and world literature.  Horst Frenz's teaching activities are reflected in an extensive series of student papers relating to all aspects of Eugene O'Neill.  There is a small amount of correspondence, (beyond correspondence in the country files) and it, too, primarily relates to Eugene O'Neill.

 

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