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 -
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
of the Western World, rev. ed 1967.
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.