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Maury mss., ca. 1935-1970

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Maury, Curt, 1909-1989.

Maury mss., ca. 1935-1970

Collection No.
LMC 3011

34 items

Materials are in English.

The Maury mss., ca. 1935-1970, consists of the unpublished papers and writings of writer Curt Maury, 1909-1989.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Born Kurt Tischler in Vienna he began writing poetry, plays and short stories while still in gymnasium. He attended the University of Vienna, studying German literature and received his PhD in 1935. As the Austrian government became fascist and Hitler's National Socialism took over in 1938, Curt and his wife fled to Lisbon and then to London. It was in London that his name was changed legally to Curt Maury. His first book, written in German but translated by R. Wills Thomas, was published in England in 1943.

Meanwhile Maury and his wife came to the United States settling in New York in 1940. He continued to write novels, plays and short stories, most of which remained unpublished, until the early 1960s when he became absorbed in the study of India and her religions. This interest and his long research trips to India continued through the mid-1970s and resulted in two substantial works: Folk Origins of Indian Art (Columbia University Press, 1969) and his last, but unpublished, Folk Religion of India and Canonical Hinduism . This last manuscript along with 10,000 accompanying slides are in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Dramatic Verse; II. Novels; III. Plays; IV. Poetry; V. Short Stories.

Scope and Content Note

The Maury mss., ca. 1935-1970, consists of the unpublished papers and writings of writer Curt Maury, 1909-1989. Present in this collection of mostly typescripts are Roadside Inns: The Final years Don Juan; two novels; three plays, one of which was sold to Hollywood for a movie; a small group of poems, and eighteen short stories and novellas.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2008
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Maury mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 I. Dramatic Verse

Roadside Inn: The Final Years of Don Juan.

(10 folders)

Includes 2 CDs

Series: Box 1 II. Novels

A Great Lady's Jester

(5 folders)

The Endless Path

(3 folders)

Series: Box 1 III. Plays

The Maid from Dom Remy

(2 folders)

Night Without Morning

The Sun Will Shine Again

Tomorrow's Harvest

Contract with Paramount Pictures, Inc. only

Series: Box 1 IV. Poetry

Various poems

Series: Box 1 V. Short Stories

The Blessed

Brief Visit

The Day Christine Died

Easter Mourning

Encounter in the Sunset

(2 folders)



The Gap

The Glitter

The Great Hollow

The Instrument

The Lord's Emissary

Mission to a Foreign Place

Mister Flannery

A Name for a Canvas

The Philadelphia Idea

The Traitor

The Spirit of the Mammele

(2 folders)