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Wensinger, Arthur S., 1926-
The Wensinger, Arthur S. mss., 1798-2007, consists of the papers of translator and academic Arthur S. Wensinger, 1926- .
7 Boxes
Materials are in English and German .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Wensinger, Arthur S. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Arthur S. Wensinger, 1926- , is an American translator and academic. He was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and attended Dartmouth University, graduating in 1944. At Dartmouth he majored in biology and German. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation he went with the Experiment (also known as the Experiment in International Living) in Putney, Vermont, to help rebuild a bombed-out student dorm in Munich, Germany. He then was awarded one of the first two James B. Reynolds scholarships from Dartmouth and studied German literature in Munich. As a Fulbright scholar, he also studied German literature and linguistics at the University of Innsbruck in Austria from 1953 to 1954. He joined Wesleyan University first as an instructor and later as a full professor of German and the humanities. He was instrumental in initiating a three-year college-of-letters program covering literature, history and philosophy. He retired from Wesleyan in 1994. Wensinger has translated and edited over 20 books.

Scope and Content:

Translations include several edited copies of the manuscript for Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's work Hogarth on High Life, translation notes, and parts of completed translations, as well as a copy of part of The Theatre of Bauhaus.

Research consists of untranslated German articles and English articles regarding Hogarth, Bauhaus, and Paula Modersohn-Becker, as well as a spiral bound notebook.

Reviews consists of reviews of Wensinger's translations, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings regarding published translations.

Correspondence relates to several translations that Wensinger worked on and is in both English and German. This series also contains contracts.

Miscellaneous Files includes some reviews and work with the American Translation Association. Additional Translated Works includes both published and non-published translations with materials related to the projects, including: The Work in Color Bibliography ; Goedel's Letter; The Work in Color; The Well-Tempered Dream ; Querelle; Hannah Schygulla; Liebelei/Flirtations; Methusalem; Kafka; Mary: Virgin, Mother, Sovereign ; Zwischen den Zeiten; Illuminations; Schinkel; Das Politische Theater; as well as some poetry.

Series VII through XI include materials pertaining to the specific works named in the series titles.

Acquisition information:
Acquired: 2015

The collection is organized by the following series: I. Translations; II. Research; III. Reviews; IV. Correspondence; V. Additional Translated Works; VI. Miscellaneous Files; VII. Shabbat: A Right of Passage; VIII. Two States; One Nation; IX. In the Shadow of the Reich; X. Paula Modersohn-Becker: The Letters and Journals; XI. The Jungle Paintings.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)



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[Item], Wensinger, Arthur S. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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