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Woods mss., 1977-2004

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Creator
Woods, John E. (John Edwin)

Title
Woods mss., 1977-2004

Collection No.
LMC 2269

Extent
1,505 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
The Woods mss., 1977-2004, consist of correspondence and manuscripts of German works translated into English by John Edwin Woods.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

John Edwin Woods (1942- ) has won numerous awards for his translations, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize (1996), the ALTA Translation of the Year Award (1994), the Society of Authors Schlegel–Tick Prize (1991), the PEN Translation Prize (1987 and 1981), and the American Book Award for Translation (1981). Woods has translated all of the major novels of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into the following series: I. General correspondence; II. Translations; III. Arno Schmidt; IV. Writings by Woods; V. Additions, 2005.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes numerous items related to his work as a translator of Arno Schmidt's works. There is a large body of correspondence regarding Schmidt written by Ernst Krawehl and others, as well as manuscripts of Schmidt writings translated by Woods, such as Evening Edged in Gold, School for Atheists and "Lake Scenes with Pocahontas." Also present are an array of published and unpublished manuscripts translated from the writings of such German authors as Thomas Mann, Libuŝe Monikóvá, John Rabe, Christoph Ransmayr, Jan Philip Reemstma, and Ingo Schulze. Most of the manuscripts include the handwritten edits and annotations made by the translator.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2002, 2005.
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
[Item], Woods mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013


Series: General Correspondence

Box 1 1979-2002 

(34 folders)


Series: Translations

Subseries: Book Translations

Box 1 Mann, Thomas. Doctor Faustus. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1997)

T.D., edited (6 folders)


Mann. The Magic Mountain. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1995) 

T.D., copy-edited (6 folders)


Box 2 Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain, cont.

(4 folders)


Monikóvá. Libuše. Drift Ice. Translated by John E. Woods. Unpublished manuscript.

T.D., edited (2 folders)


Monikóvá. Impairment (Schädigung). Unpublished manuscript.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Monikóvá. Pavane for a Dead Princess. Translated by John E. Woods. 1991.  Unpublished manuscript.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Rabe, John. The Good Man of Nanking: the Diaries of John Rabe. Edited by Erwin Wickert. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A. A. Knopf, 1998). Notes (faxes) of Wickert. 1997

(1 folder)


Rabe. The Good Man of Nanking. Correspondence from Erwin Wickert, 1998

(1 folder)


Rabe. The Good Man of Nanking. Manuscript titled: "The Good German of Nanking."

T.D., edited (3 folders)


Rabe. The Good Man of Nanking. Manuscript.

T.D., edited (3 folders)


Ransmayr, Christoph. The Dog King. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1997). Manuscript titled: "The Kitahara Syndrome."

T.D., edited (3 folders)


Ransmayr. "Fatehpur." Speech. Nov. 10-11, 1996.

T.D. (1 folder)


Ransmayr. "The Unborn."

T.D. Accompanied by original German story; 2 sets of edited proofs (1 folder)


Box 3 Reemstma, Jan Philipp. "And So for the Reason Noted," c.1990. Speech.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "In Honor of Daniel Goldberg, On the Occasion of His Being Awarded the Democracy Prize," Mar. 17, 1997. Speech.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. More Than a Champion: The Style of Muhammad Ali. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1998). 

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "The Political Semantics of the Concept of 'Torture,'" ca. 1990.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "State Terror" ca. 1990.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "Survivor Memoirs" ca. 1998.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "Terroratio I" ca. 1990.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "Terroratio II" ca. 1990.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Reemstma. "Toward a Psychoanalytic Understanding of Human Cruelty" ca. 1990.

T.D., edited (1 folder)


Schulze, Ingo. 33 Moments of Happiness: St. Petersburg Stories. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1998)

T.D., edited (2 folders)


Schulze. 33 Moments of Happiness.

T.D., copy-edited (2 folders)


Schulze. Simple Stories Translated by John E. Woods (New York: A.A. Knopf, 2000)

T.D., edited (2 folders)


Wagner, Richard. Tannhäuser: In Full Score. German, with English interlinear translations by John E. Woods (New York: Dover Publications, 1984)

(bound volume)


Wagner. Tannhäuser and the Tournament of Song at Wartburg. Edited and translated by Natalia Macfarren. (New York: G. Schirmer, ca. 1990-1995?)  Annotated for surtitles by John E. Woods

(bound volume)


Wagner. Lyric Opera of Chicago Tannhäuser production folder, 1998-1999.

T.D., 46pp. (1 folder)

Includes surtitles program.


Subseries: Other Translations

Box 3 Döblin, Alfred. Mountain Seas and Giants, ca. 1981. Unpublished sample.

T.D., 18pp. (1 folder)


Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. "Hitler's Wraith [Wrath]," ca. 1995. Translated by John E. Woods.

T.D., 9pp. (1 folder)


Enzensberger. "Inserts for Bosnia - Uganda," ca. 1995. 

T.D., 1p. (1 folder)


Enzensberger. "Manhunting in Germany," ca. 1995. Translated by John E. Woods.

T.D., 6pp. (1 folder)


Fleischhauer, Jan. "Victory or Siberia," ca. 1999. Translated by John E. Woods.

T.D., 24pp.


Ganzfried, Daniel. "The Borrowed Holocaust Biography," 27 Aug. 1998. Translated by John E. Woods.

T.D., 15pp.

Accompanied by "After Auschwitz, Facts Don't Count," 11 Sept. 1998. T.D., 10pp.


Glotz, Peter. "Forward to Europe: A Manifesto for a New European Left," ca. 1985.  Translated by John E. Woods. T.D.

Accompanied by copy of German text


Pross, Harry. "The Grand Reconciliation: Kitsch as a Social Product," Mar. 1985.  Translated by John E. Woods. T.D.

Accompanied by a photocopy of German text


Süskind, Patrick. Perfume, Fall 1985. Unpublished sample.

T.D., edited, [14]pp.


Assorted published reviews, 1983-2001

Series: Arno Schmidt

Subseries: Correspondence, 1977-1987

Box 3 Ernst Krawehl and John Woods concerning translations of Arno Schmidt.

Mostly in German

(17 folders)


Subseries: Correspondence, 1978-2002

Box 4 Concerning Arno Schmidt

(19 folders)


Subseries: Translations of Works by Arno Schmidt

Box 4 Evening Edged in Gold. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c.1980)

Includes: Manuscript, 1977. T.D., edited, [83]pp.; Notes & Queries, 1978-1979; Plot summary, 1980. T.D.; Ott, Peter F., "Comments on the Occasion of the Publication of Evening Edged in Gold by Arno Schmidt," 1981. T.D., 14pp. (photocopied) (4 folders)


Box 5 "Great Cain." Two drafts of manuscript.

T.D., edited, 18pp.

Accompanied by queries and answers, 2pp.


"Lake Scenes With Pocahontas" in Collected Novellas, ca. 1981. Translated by John E. Woods (Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1994)  Manuscript.

T.D., edited, 16pp.


Scenes from the Life of a Faun: A Short Novel, ca. 1980.  Translated by John E. Woods (London; New York: M. Boyars, 1983)  Manuscript.

T.D, edited, 156pp. (2 folders)


School for Atheists: A Novella-Comedy in Six Acts, ca. 1999.  Translated by John E. Woods (København; Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2001).  Manuscript. Second version, first draft.

T.D., edited, 301pp. (4 folders)


School for Atheists, Apr. 1999.  Manuscript. Second version, second draft.

T.D., edited, 301pp. (4 folders)


"Tall Grete" in The Collected Stories of Arno Schmidt. Translated by John E. Woods (Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1996).  Manuscript.

T.D., edited, 3pp.


Box Oversize Evening Edged in Gold, ca. 1979.  Prepared by S. Fischer for presentation at Frankfurt Book Fair.

T.D., 54pp. (bound and photocopied)


Series: Writings by Woods

Box 4 "On Translating the Unconventional Prose of Arno Schmidt," ca. 1981.

T.D., 6pp., edited. (photocopied)


"Of Bicycles and Violins," ca. 1994.  Speech.

T.D., edited, 8pp.


Series: Additions, 2005

Subseries: Book Translations

Box 4 Mann, Thomas. Joseph and his Brothers. Translated by John E. Woods (New York: Everyman's Library, 2005)  Books I & II.

T.D., edited (4 folders)


Box 5 Mann, Thomas. Joseph and his Brothers, cont. Books III & IV.

T.D., corrected draft (8 folders)


Mann. Books I-III. Copy-edited ms.

Box 6 Mann, Thomas. Joseph and his Brothers, cont. Book IV. Copy-edited ms.

Mann. Books I-IV. Proofs: First pass, Apr. 15, 2004.

Mann. Books I-III. Proofs: Author's set, Apr. 23, 2004.

Box 7 Mann, Thomas. Joseph and His Brothers, cont. Book IV. Proofs, Author's set

Mann. Books I-IV. Proofs: second pass, July 19, 2004.