Leonard Wilson Forster: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

[1] Nationalsozialistischer Studentenbund attacks on Paul Hankamer, Knigsberg University, 1935-36. There is correspondence of Forster to a German official and to the British Ambassador (1936), and editions of the magazines Der Student der Ostmark, 12 Feburary 1936; 10 Jahre Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund, 25 January 1936; and Die Opposition der Deutschen Studentenschaft, March 1938.

[2] Robert A. Williams, transcription and notes on German fragments, Exodus, Isaiah, and Matthew, c.1400 (MS.Add.6321), from the binding of a printed book, c.1935, with a letter from Basil F.C. Atkinson to Williams, 1935.

[3] Leonard Forster, notes and correspondence on the Album of Anthonius Weddaeus (MS.Add.7761), c.1973-74, with letters from Klaus Mugdan, Heidelberg, 1973; [Elida Maria Sjarota], Munich, 1973; Harry C. Porter, 1974; A. Guy Lee, 1973; and Vello Helk, Birkerod.

[4] Arthur H.J. Knight, unpublished typescript, Some considerations relating to Stephan George, the new German Hellenism inspired by him, and the classicism of Goethe and Schiller, undated.

[5] Translation of W.A.P. Smit, Maskeroon, 1941 (part of pageant play of Maskeroon); letters from W.A.P. Smit (9, 1945-49); and letters regarding publication, mostly publishers' rejections, 1946-57. The correspondents include Neville Braybrooke (Phoenix Press) (1947-48), Erica Marx (Hand and Flower Press) (1951-52), R. Gregor Smith, and Joseph Manka (Illinois).

[6] Walter Roberts, letters to Forster and Mrs. Forster, 1941-42, and poems, c.1940-60, including the pamphlets The forbidden tree, 1940, The nutshell, 1947, and the typescript Epitaph for Hitler, 1962.

[7] Photocopy typescript of Immanuel Weissglas, poems Gottes Mhlen in Berlin, 1947; photocopy of Kariera am Bug, Bucharest, 1947; and a photocopy of Der Nobiskrug, Bucharest, 1972.

[8] Letters from Ernst Jandl, Vienna (7, 1965-67), 'surface translations', and printed and MS examples of experimental language, with letters from Jrgen Dahl, Heidelberg, 1964, and F.P. Pickering, 1967.

[9] Letters from Robert Guiette, Belgium (10, 1969-76) and Daisy Guiette (8, 1971-76).

[10] Henry Rollet, France, offprint of Gedichte 1965-1968, other poems, and letters to Forster (2, 1975).

[11] Gloria C. Oden, letters (7, 1975-79); drafts of autobiographical poems (Resurrections?); the paper 'Bonsai'; and the magazine The Missionary Seer, February 1979, designating Oden 'Poet of the year'.

[12] Radio talks and scripts, including 'Die Schweitzerische Literatur in England' (1953); 'Lyric poet's position in society'; 'Schriftsprache und Dialekt' (1955); 'Encounters and experiences' (1955); 'Ernst Jnger' (book review) (1955); 'Contemporary German cultural scene' (1956-57); 'Heutige Deutsche Lyrik' (1957 and 1962); 'Literature and party line: Bertolt Brecht and Johannes R. Becher' [1959]; 'Deutsche Literatur des 20 Jahrhunderts in England' (1959); 'Der Schweizer und die deutsche Sprache' (1959); 'Der Einfluss des deutschen Geistes auf den englischen', undated; 'Der Kampf gegen das Establishment in England' (1963); and 'School to University: German studies', undated.

[13] File on Cherry Hughes' proposed biography of Anthony Blunt, 1984, including letters from Cherry Hughes, Christopher M. Andrew, Andrew Boyle, and Charles R. Bawden, 1980.

[14] File on Forster's Cambridge Review article, March 1988, 'Rolf Hochhuth on Alan Turing', with a letter from Sir Harry Hinsley.

[15] Collection of clerihews, limericks, etc., and a typescript of a German essay '111 limericks', with letters from Jrgen Dahl (3, 1960-63); Allan Fry, USA (1960); and J.M. Cohen.

[16] Foreign visits, correspondence, reports, and journals, including reports on visits to Czechoslovakia, 1961, 1971, 1974, and 1978; a visit to Calgary, 1968 (with letters from R. Breugelmans); a visit to Romania, 1976; and a visit to Siegen, Germany, 1978.

[17] 'Honorific correspondence', including W. Muschg, Basel (1939); Paul Raabe, Wolfenbttel (1972); John F. Andrews, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington (1976); Jonathan Mallinson (1977); Geoffrey P.G. Butler, Bath (1984); Hans-Gert Roloff, Berlin (1988); Arthur Henkel, Heidelberg (1988); Frank M. Fowler, English Goethe Society (1990); and Eda Sagarra, Trinity College Dublin (1993).

[18] Typescript of Reinhold Regensburger, Kleine Liebe zum grossen Berlin; Constantinopolitanische Reise 1966; and a typescript, with photographs, Germanica in der Bibliothek des Kardinals Franz von Dietrichstein im Jahre 1614, undated.

Correspondence, certificates, diplomas, photographs on honorary degrees, international prizes, and 80th birthday greetings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Leonard Wilson Forster (1913-1997), German scholar; Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1937; Professor of German, University College London, 1950-61; and Schrder Professor of German, 1961-79.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor Leonard Forster, 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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