Fernand Baldensperger (1871-1958) was a literary scholar, author (under the pseudonym Fernand Baldenne), and professor who
contributed greatly to the field of Comparative Literature. In addition to teaching at the Universities of Nancy (1884-1900),
Lyon (1900-1910), and Paris (1910-1935) in France, he taught at Columbia University (1917-1919), the University of Strasbourg
(1919-1923), Harvard University (1935-1940), and the University of California-Los Angeles (1940-1945). Baldensperger cofounded
Revue de littérature comparée, and he wrote numerous scholarly texts on Goethe, Balzac, Alfred de Vigny, and various French and comparative literary topics.
The collection consists of scholarly and World War II-related print and manuscript materials, as well as correspondence.
Scholarly materials include printed texts by Baldensperger and others (often annotated and/or with inscriptions), typed drafts
of Baldensperger's texts, extensive manuscript research notes, and a presumably unpublished typed manuscript. War-related
materials include government documents from Giessen, Germany and a variety of printed pamphlets. Correspondence relates to
both scholarly and personal matters.
Fernand Baldensperger (1871-1958) was an eminent literary scholar, author, and professor of Comparative Literature. He was
born in Vosges, France, and for most of his career he taught at the University of Nancy (1884-1900), the University of Lyon
(1900-1910), and the University of Paris (1910-1935). During his time at the University of Paris, he also served as a visiting
professor at Columbia University (1917-1919), and he taught at the University of Strasbourg (1919-1923). From 1935-1940 Baldensperger
was professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where he was chairperson of the department, and from 1940-1945
he taught at the University of California-Los Angeles. Baldensperger contributed greatly to the field of comparative literary
studies and cofounded the Revue de littérature comparée in 1921. His works include Goethe en France: étude de littérature comparée (1904), Le mouvement des idées dans l'émigration française, 1789-1815 (1924), L'avant-guerre dans la littérature française, 1900-1914 (1919), Orientations étrangères chez Honoré de Balzac (1927), La littérature française entre les deux guerres, 1919-1939 (1941), and La critique et l'histoire littéraires en France, au dix-neuvième et au début du vingtième siècles (1945). In addition, Baldensperger wrote and published literary texts under the pseudonym Fernand Baldenne.
6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
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