M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

GERMAN AND JEWISH INTELLECTUAL ÉMIGRÉ COLLECTION

Finding Aid for the
HANS NATONEK
PAPERS, 1918-1964

(GER-004)


 

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Judith Myrth
February 7, 1989



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
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VOLUME: 3.25 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in the Hans Natonek Papers were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Mrs. Anne G. Natonek on 17 March 1981.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and content note

Series Description

Box and Folder List:


Hans Natonek, Papers
Biographical Sketch

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Born of German-Jewish ancestry in Prague on Oct. 25, 1892, Hanus (Hans) Natonek grew up in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  After completion of his university studies in Prague, Vienna and Berlin, Natonek became chief editor of the Neue Leipziger Zeitung in 1917, a post he held until 1933.  The author of many novels and short stories, Natonek attained official recognition in 1932 when he received the prestigious Goethe Award from the city of Leipzig for his novel Kinder Einer Stadt.  In addition, Natonek was a theater critic and contributor to many magazines and journals.

His marriage to Gertrud Huther in 1918, producing two children, a son Wolfgang born in 1919 and a daughter Susanne born in 1924, ended in divorce.

With the advent of the Nazi Regime in 1933, Natonek fled Germany and returned to Prague.  There he continued his advocacy of a democratic press.  In 1938 he was divorced from his second wife, Erica Clara Wassermann.  After Czechoslovakia collapsed in 1938, Natonek was compelled to emigrate to France, spending the next few years hiding from the Nazis.  He "slept on docks, under trucks and in the cold fog of the Pyrenees Mountains."**1  In 1941, aided by the Emergency Rescue Committee and the President's Advisory Committee, he reached New York City.

Natonek's first two years in America were very difficult.  He supported himself by doing menial odd jobs while writing of his experiences in Suche Nach Mir Selbst (In Search of Myself).  In 1943 he moved to Tuscon, Arizona, where he continued his literary pursuits, contributing stories and poems to newspapers and magazines in the United States and in Europe.  In 1949 he married Anne Morgenstern Grunwald, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, who lived with him until his death from leukemia on Oct. 24, 1963.
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Notes

1. New York Times, 63: O 25; 32: 1. 


Hans Natonek, Papers
Scope and content note

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The Hans Natonek Papers are of interest to researchers in German exile literature, Judaic studies, the novel and the short story, and to researchers in the field of European history.  Important themes in his works are the Jewish identity, the individual in society, journalism in Germany and freedom of expression.  Also of interest are the attempts of a prominent Émigré author to establish a writing career in an new language and culture.

Natonek's association with other notable figures of the period, such as Joseph Roth, Leonhard Frank, Erich Kastner, Franz Werfel, Alma Mahler-Werfel, Thomas, Golo and Heinrich Mann, Walter Mehring, Hertha Pauli and Ernst Weiss, make him an interesting subject for research.  The papers contain correspondence with Kastner but, unfortunately, none with his other colleagues.  The letter from Erich Kastner on behalf of Natonek's incarcerated son and Natonek's letter to Theodor Heuss are especially noteworthy.  Joseph Roth was a special friend of Natonek and is the subject of several articles and stories in this collection.

The papers contain, for the most part, drafts of Natonek's novels, short stories and poems, as well as his correspondence with family and publishers.  The bulk of the literary works in this collection, though undated, stem from the period after he fled to the United States, mainly after he moved to Arizona in 1943.


Hans Natonek, Papers
Series Description

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Series 1: Autobiographical and Biographical Material.  1892-1963.  .5 cubic ft.  Arranged alphabetically.

Contains diaries and memoirs, passport, certificates, curriculum vitae, photographs, newspaper clippings (biographical and obituaries).

Series 2: Correspondence.  1940-63.  .25 cubic ft.  Arranged chronologically.

Contains correspondence with publishers relating to the author's struggles to find an american market for his works.  Also contains correspondence relating to his escape from Europe in 1940 and to his campaign to free his son from East Germany during the 1950's. The correspondence is primarily with family members, especially with his son, Wolfgang Natonek.

Series 3

Literary Works.  1924-25, 1933-49, 1958-63.  2.5 cubic ft.  Arranged alphabetically in five subseries:  Novels; Poems; Short Stories, Essays and Articles; Fragments; Miscellaneous Published Articles and Poems.

Contains hand corrected typescripts and carbon copies of articles, essays, novels, poems, and short stories. 


Hans Natonek, Papers
Box and Folder List

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Box 1

Series 1:  Autobiographical and Biographical Material, 1892-1963

1.  Activities in Arizona, circa 1944
2.  Diary Fragment, circa 1944
3.  Memoirs and Diaries, pp. 1-150
4.  Memoirs and Diaries, pp. 151-299
5.  Memoirs and Diaries, pp. 300-441
6.  Memoirs and Diaries, pp. 1-150, copy
7.  Memoirs and Diaries, pp. 151-299, copy
8.  Memoirs and Diaries, pp. 300-441, copy
9.  Obituaries, 1963
10. Passport, Certificates, Photographs, Curriculum Vitae, 1892-1963
 

Series 2:  Correspondence, 1940-63

11. Correspondence, 1940-1949
12. Correspondence, 1950-1959
13. Correspondence, 1960-1963
 

Series 3:  Literary Works:  Novels, 1925, 1941-45, 1947, 1963

14. Blaubart, Marshall von Frankreich, circa 1941
15. Bluebeard, Marshall of France, circa 1943
16. Destination Unknown, pp. 1-140, circa 1945
17. Destination Unknown, pp. 141-281
18. Footprints in the Desert, circa 1943
19. Fraulein Thea (with Charles G. Finney), 1945

Box 2

Novels, 1925, 1941-45, 1947, 1963 (cont)
1.  Geld Regiert Die Welt oder Die Abenteuer Des Gewissens, 1930
2.  Give Me Joy.
3.  Kampf um die Glaskugel, pp. 1-152
4.  Kampf um die Glaskugel, pp. 153-301, carbon
5.  Kampf um die Glaskugel, pp. 1-152, carbon
6.  Kampf um die Glaskugel, pp. 153-301
7.  Legacy of Lazarus, circa 1963
8.  Legacy of Lazarus (copy), circa 1963
9.  Lilith (with Charles G. Finney)
10. Lilith (with Charles G. Finney)
11. The Revolt of the Trained Seals (with Mildred Clingerman), circa 1947
12. Die Strabe Des Verrats, circa 1925
13. Thomas and Theresa, circa 1944-45
14. Untitled Fragment, 1. Fassung
15. Yesterday is Tomorrow, pp. 1-177
16. Yesterday is Tomorrow, pp. 178-391

Box 3

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Poems, 1933-35, 1958, 1960-63

A:

1. Abschied von Schwarzwald
2. Afterthought
3. Agonizing Reappraisal
4. Als ich die Feldblumen wiedersah
5. Alte Damen gehn auf Reisen
6. Alte Liebe spricht
7. Alte Pelz, Der
8. Altes Reunpferd
9. Ambivalence of Rhyme
10. American Welfare Case, An
11. Am Grabe Rainer Maria Rilkes
12. Amoklaeufer, Der
13. Angry Man
14. And Yet a Star!
15. An einen alternden Dichter
16. Art and Nature
17. Arizona Indian Dancing
18. Arriving at Grand Central
19. As Told To...
20. Astronomical Exposure
21. At the Grave of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1958
22. Aus einer kleinen Fuge der Zeit
23. Auto Graveyard

B:

1. Ballad of a Wayward Tree
2. Ballad of the Mistaken Villanelle
3. Ballad of the Prodigal Father
4. Because Thou Art
5. Beginning and End
6. Between Two Worlds (and two languages); also in German
7. Bough and the Bird, The
8. Brandstaette
9. Bra Troubadours, The

C:

1. Caprice of Associations
2. Career
3. Caress
4. Centaur, 1963
5. Chameleon (pubd. in Deutsche Rundschau, 1:90, Jan. 1964: 69)
6. Clear the Docket
7. Colt in one Movement
8. Comfort for Shut-Ins
9. Commentators
10. Concluding Statements
11. Conspiracy of Silence
12. Convert, The

D:

1. Denn jemand musste es tun...
2. Desert is an Hourglass, The
3. Deutung der Worts
4. Devil's Pact Frustrated
5. Diary in Verse
6. Diogenes
7. Discord in the Home of Pontius Pilatus
8. Discovery
9. Don't be a Poor Man, 1961
10. Double Mirror
11. Dramatic Lingerie (with "Heart Trouble")
12. Dream of the Empty Hands, 1962
13. Drei Gezeiten, Die
14. Drei Staedte

E:

1. Ecumenical Man
2. Electrocardiogram
3. Elegie an einen alten Pelz, 1962
4. Epigrams
5. Epitaph for a Failure
6. Epitaph of an Old Tramp
7. Erinnern und Vergissen
8. Everywhere, 1958

F:

1. Fallacy of Nostalgia
2. Fatal Pun
3. Festival of a Nonconformist
4. Final Reckoning
5. First Touch of Nothingness
6. Fleeting
7. Foal in one Movement
8. Fool's Hans Natonek, Papers
9. Fool's Villanelle
10. Foreign Poets, Poems for
11. Forest Fire, 1963
12. Fountain of Youth?
13. Fremdling in Amerika, 1963
14. Fremdling im Setzersaal
15. From a Little Fugue of Time
16. Frustration
17. Fuerbitte
18. Funke, Ein

G:

1. Gedichte aus der Ferne
2. Germany Revisited
3. Gespenstige Ruckkehr
4. Giving--Yet Unforgiven?
5. Great Narrator, The

H:

1. Head and Wall
2. Heitere Melancholie
3. Heresy of a Believer
4. Hourglass Frightens Me, The
5. Howdunits, The

I:

1. Ich folge dir
2. Idiom Runs Amuck, An
3. Im Kurpark von Baden-Baden, 1960
4. In a Key of Blues
5. In diesen letzten Tagen
6. In the Same Boat
7. In zwei Stimmen
8. I Pray Because You Are

J:

1. Juedischer Kalender, 1962
2. Junk Art on a G-String

K:

1. Kindhertslandschaft
2. Kleiner Psalter
3. Kurfurstendamm, 1933-35
4. Kuss, Der

L:

1. Lament
2. Last Wisdom
3. Late Journey
4. Late Planting
5. Lazarus
6. Letter in the dust, A, 1961
7. Letzte Fahrt, Oct. 31, 1962
8. Leukemia
9. Libelle
10. Lied eines Taugenichts
11. Lied inn der Wuste, 1962
12. Lines
13. Little Biography
14. Little Psalm
15. Lone Wolf's Holidays
16. Lost Tranquillity
17. Love out of Season
18. Lust am Wort
19. Lust of Words

M:

1. Mailed
2. Mascara
3. Marginal Notes on Magazines
4. Meeting So Late, S. Mein Erloeser
5. Melodische Luftspiegelung
6. Merry Melancholy
7. Message, 1962
8. Meteor
9. Mimosa, 1962
10. Monique's Metamorphosis
11. Montaigne
12. Monterey's Cannery Row
13. Moon Caprice
14. Mother Passing By, A, 1961
15. More than Quotations
16. My Prayers Are...
17. My Savior...

N:

1. Naechtliche Bibliothek
2. Nichts ist mein, 1961
3. Newcomer's Bewilderment
4. No Return
5. Nornen, Die
6. Not Chosen

O:

1. Obit of a Gossip Columnist
2. Obscurity
3. Obsession with a Name
4. Old Love Speaks, 1960
5. Old Man on a County Fair
6. Old Tunes
7. On a G-String
8. On a String
9. On Cliches
10. On Identity
11. On Rhyme
12. On the German Word Habseligkeiten
13. Our Commentators
14. Outlook, 1962
15. Out-of-date
16. Out of Waste

P:

1. Palo Verde
2. Paris Revisited
3. Paris Statue Revisited, A
4. Past is a Pasture
5. Pebbles
6. Piano Tunes
7. Pilgrimage in Proxy
8. Place Called Home, A
9. Pleasant Journey to You!
10. Poetry and Prose
11. Point and Counterpoint of Rhyme
12. Pond and Puddle
13. Portrait of a Scoundrel
14. Portrayal
15. Portrayals
16. Prayer's Pitch
17. Probing a Loss
18. Probing His Depth (pubd. in Deutsche Rundschau.1:90, Jan. 1964: 69.)
19. Pyre, The

Q:

1. Questions

R:

1. Reim
2. Recovery in the Arizona Desert
3. Regret for the Vanished Year, 1960
4. Religious Poems
5. Remains, 1962
6. Remembrance of a Rainy Night
7. Report from the Bullfight Circuit
8. Resignation
9. Revenant, The
10. River,

S:

1. Same Question
2. Sancta Simplicitas
3. Schmetterlingswiese, Die, 1963
4. Scrooge's Carnival
5. Scruples
6. Shocking
7. Shoot
8. Should It Be Done?
9. Secret Message
10. Self-Dramatization
11. Sex is...
12. Shortest War in History, The
13. Simplicity
14. Sonett vom Scheiterhaufen
15. Sonnet in two languages (also in German)
16. Sonnet on Cliches
17. Spark, A
18. Spat Aber Vergnugt, 1963
19. Spur, Die
20. Stimme und das Schweigen, Die
21. Stranger in the Composing Room, A
22. Summer Lull
23. Supreme Design
24. Survival
25. Survival Space
26. Surface and Depth
27. Sweet Nonsense of Words
28. Swing, The

T:

1. Tell-Tail
2. Tender Nights
3. That Extra Storage Space
4. Thoreau, 1962
5. Three Cities
6. Tiefes Schauen
7. Time, Abide!
8. To a Global Wall-Map
9. To an Aging Poet
10. To a Salesman of Positive Thinking
11. To a Salesman of Pseudo-Christianity
12. To an Unslanderable Scoundrel
13. Tod unter Winterapfeln
14. Tongue a la Mishmash
15. Too Close for Comfort
16. Trace, The
17. Traum von den leeren Handen, 1963
18. Treibholz im Seine-Fluss
19. Tropical Twilight

20. T: 20. Trost der Fremde
21. Two Drifts
22. Two Men Called Lazarus
23. Two-Way Journey

1. Ueberlebenden, Die
2. Unbekannte Vom Seine-Fluss, Die
3. Unerfuellte Begierde
4. Unerfuelltheit
5. Unfulfilled
6. Ungewisse Heinkehr
7. Ungleiche Liebe
8. Unknown Statue Revisited

1. Verstummten, Die, 1961
2. Vertigo
3. Vision in the Composing Room, A
4. Visit to a Blind Friend
5. Voice and the Silence, The
6 .Vorgefuehl, 1961

1. Waldbrand
2. Wall Street
3. Was in aller Welt
4. Waste
5. Wastrel
6. Watching a Tiny Coffin
7. Welfare Case, A
8. Welle, Die
9. We Who Survived
10. Whatever I Got
11. What in the World...
12. What is This Thing Called Prayer?
13. When I Saw Your First Glasses
14. Wir, die Uberlebenden, 1962
15. Without Reason
16. Women in the Moon
17. Word About Self-Pity, A
18. Words of Comfort
19. Words to Live By
20. Workshop Talk
21. Wound and the Pearl, The (also in German)

1. You Know Those Types
2. Zartliche Nachte
3. Zwischen Zwei Welten (also in English), 1963


Short Stories, 1924, 1938-43, 1949, 1958, 1961-63

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25. Damals in der Bar Mistral, 1961
26. Diary in the Desert
27. Dienst am Kunden
28. Durst, 1941
29. Enkel Entdeckt Seinen Grossvater, Ein, circa 1943
30. Entdeckung
31. Everybody is Against It
32. Father is a Cop
33. Fall Guy of Matrimony, The
34. Fisherman, The
35. Forgive Me, Mr. Berkowicz
36. Gang des Menchen, Der, 1940
37. Gastmal mit Lucullus, Das, 1963
38. Geschichte eines Gegenubers, circa 1938-41
39. Gesprache im Zwischenakt, 1924
40. Heimker, 1962
41. Herr von Goethe Fahrt Lift, circa 1940
42. House of all Nations, A
43. How a Fiasco Became a Success
44. I Love Those Border Signs
45. In Search of Fetching Titles
46. Johnny Gourmand
47. Joseph Roth, 1949
48. Kampf ums Irrenhaus, circa 1941-43
49. Key, The
50. King Claudius Applauds
51. Legende Roth, Die, July 1939
52. Letters to Lawrence
53. Letzte Wiener im Manhattan, Der
54. Lockvogel
55. Looking for the Satirist
56. Lonely Man's Lantern
57. Lost Voice of the Past
58. Magic Ring, The
59. Man Who Stole Tomorrow, The
60. Me? Minding My Own Business
61. Monuments on Madison Square
62. Night in Paris, A
63. Notebook of a Nonconformist
64. Not Our Kind of People
65. Old Enough to be Her Father
66. Prayer's Progress
67. Prophetie und "Wishful Thinking", circa 1941-43
68. Quartet
69. Revolt Against TV Polls, circa 1958
70. Roof and Key
71. Roses of Konopischt, circa 1963
72. Schlapanitz - Eckensteher Der Weltgeschichte
73. Short Short Horse Opera
74. Should You Mind Your Own Business
75. Sohn (Rodin), Der
76. Sometimes Sorry for Yourself
77. Son, The
78. Stain on the Wall
79. Stranger Discovers America, A, December 1943
80. There Goes Beulah
81. Timing, circa 1943
82. Tools, Toys, and Toils, circa 1941-43
83. Traveler Returns, A
84. Unbesiegt
85. Unschuldiger Betruger, 1963
86. Vergessenen Jabre, Die
87. Verlaine Und Sohn, circa 1940
88. Verschlossene Schrank, Der
89. Verwirrung Um Peterle, circa 1941-43
90. Vice Hardest to Suppress, The
91. Von Arzten Und Alten Patienten, 1963
92. Walk to the Mailbox, A
93. Wes in Die Tiefe, Der, 1962
94. Welcome, Pardner
95. Wenn Es Nur Abstrakt Ist..., April 14, 1961
96. Wiederholt Sich Die Geschichte, circa 1940
97. Zum Experiment Des Selbstubersetzens

Box 4

Fragments, undated

1. Miscellaneous Manuscripts, Fragments, Notes

Publications, 1960-61, 1963-64

1. "At the Grave of Rainer Maria Rilke," The Poetry Review," LII, no. 3, July-September, 1961
2. "Between Two Languages," The Freeman, April 6, 1953
3. "Bildnisse in Epigrammen," Deutsche Rundschau, 90, 1, January 1964
4. "Dienst am Kinden," in Hier Schreibt Berlin, Herbert Gunther, ed., Munchen, Paul List Verlag, 1963
5. "Should You Mind Your Own Business," Your Life, July 1960


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