M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

GERMAN AND JEWISH INTELLECTUAL ÉMIGRÉ COLLECTION

Finding Aid for the
ERICH MARIA REMARQUE
PAPERS, 1938-1973

(GER-077)

For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff or (518) 437-3935

Finding Aid compiled by
Jane Bentley
2009

Converted to HTML by
Nicholas Webb
August 2009



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: .25 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, in 200x.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Erich Maria Remarque Papers
Biographical Note

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Erich Maria Remarque (the pseudonym of Erich Paul Remark) was a German-born writer most famous for his 1929 work All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues), which describes the brutality of World War I from a young soldier's perspective. His literary works include both novels and plays; several of his novels were made into films.

Remarque was born in Osnabrück, Germany on June 22, 1898. As a young man, he served as a soldier in World War I and was wounded several times. After the war Remarque supported himself as a librarian, businessman, teacher, editor and journalist. His works were controversial and were accused of being harmful to Germany's national pride; in 1933 they were banned by the Nazis. Claims arose stating that Remarque was the descendant of French Jews.

Remarque's German citizenship was revoked in 1938. He took up residence in Porto Ronco, Switzerland and lived there until emigrating to the United States in 1939. Remarque and his wife Ilse Jutta Zambona became American citizens in 1947. After divorcing his first wife, Remarque married a former Hollywood actress, Paulette Goddard, in 1958. Remarque and Goddard returned to Switzerland and lived there until Remarque's death on September 25, 1970. Remarque is buried in Ronco cemetery in Ronco Ticino, Switzerland.

The collection also includes a small assortment of material related to the career of Hans Habe (also known as Janos Békessy), a journalist and publisher. Habe was born in 1911. Like Remarque, Habe was persecuted by the Nazi government and his books were banned. He went into exile in France and eventually emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen. Following the war Habe returned to Germany and founded a chain of newspapers. In 1953, Habe moved to Ascona, Switzerland, where he was a neighbor of Erich Maria Remarque. He died in 1977.


Erich Maria Remarque Papers
Scope and Content Note

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The papers of Erich Maria Remarque span the years 1938-1973. The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and magazine articles related to the career of Erich Maria Remarque.

Remarque's life as an emigre from Nazi Germany is documented by articles and clippings related to his emigration to California, including a large collection of clippings from the Los Angeles Times. His literary career is represented by files of reviews of each of his books and by a collection of correspondence with Denver Lindley, his editor at Doubleday Books.

The collection also contains a small assortment of papers related to the career of Hans Habe, a contemporary and neighbor of Remarque. These consist primarily of newspaper and magazine clippings documenting Habe's literary and journalistic career.

The majority of the records in this collection are photocopies of originals found in German repositories.


Erich Maria Remarque Papers
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Literary Reviews, Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1938-1973, .15 cubic ft.

This series consists of newspaper and magazine articles regarding Erich Maria Remarque's personal life and literary career. Folder 1 contains biographical articles and interviews, including an interview with Remarque's second wife, Paulette Goddard, following her husband's death. Folder 2 contains Los Angeles Times clippings related to Remarque's emigration to and residence in California. The remaining folders contain reviews in English and German of Erich M. Remarque's various novels, including Arch of Triumph (1946), A Time to Love and A Time to Die (1954), The Black Obelisk (1957), Heaven has No Favorites (1961), Night in Lisbon (1963-1964) and Shadows in Paradise (1972). These folders are organized chronologically by book.

Series 2: Correspondence with Publishers, 1952-1963, .05 cubic ft.

This series consists of photocopied correspondence regarding the publication of Remarque's literary works. The majority of the letters are between Erich Maria Remarque and Denver Lindley of the Doubleday Publishing Company. They discuss various literary works including A Time to Love and a Time to Die, Heaven Has No Favorites, Black Obelisk, The Last Station and Night in Lisbon. There is also some publishing-related correspondence with individuals other than Lindley. This series consists of a single folder organized chronologically.

Series 3: Hans Habe Papers, 1948-1957, .05 cubic ft.

This series contains articles and clippings regarding Hans Habe, a contemporary and neighbor of Erich Maria Remarque. It consists primarily of reviews of Habe's various publications. The majority of these are in German. This series contains a single folder organized chronologically.


Erich Maria Remarque Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Literary Reviews, Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1938-1973

Box 1
Folder

1. Interviews, Interests and Personal Life, 1947-1973 (24 items)
2. Los Angeles Times, 1938-1964 (21 items)
3. Arch of Triumph, 1946 (2 items)
4. A Time to Love and a Time to Die, 1954-1958 (11 items)
5. Black Obelisk, 1957 (9 items)
6. Heaven has No Favorites, 1961 (8 items)
7. Night in Lisbon, 1963-1964 (15 items)
8. Shadows in Paradise, 1972 (2 items)


Erich Maria Remarque Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Correspondence with Publishers, 1952-1963

Box 1
Folder

9. Correspondence with Publishers, 1952-1963 (85 items)


Name of Collection Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 3: Hans Habe Papers, 1948-1957

Box 2
Folder

10. Hans Habe Papers, 1948-1957 (13 items)


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