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Feuchtwanger Collection

Contact Information
Feuchtwanger Curator:
Michaela Ullmann
(213) 740 8185

Special Collections, DML 209


Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) was a German Jewish emigre writer who fled Europe during World War II and lived in Los Angeles from 1941 until his death. The Feuchtwanger Memorial Library was given to the University of Southern California by his widow, Marta Feuchtwanger. In all, the Library contains nearly 30,000 volumes. Some 8,000 of the rarest books are housed on the USC campus, while 20,000 volumes remain on long-term loan at the Feuchtwanger’s former residence, Villa Aurora, in Pacific Palisades.

Lion Feuchtwanger began his literary career as a theater critic and turned his talent to writing plays in the 1910s and 1920s. He first became internationally known, however, for his historical novel Jud Süss, published in 1925. During his 17 years in Southern California, he wrote primarily historical fiction, including: Waffen für Amerika also called Die Füchse im Weinberg (1947-48; Proud Destiny), Goya oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1951; This is the Hour, a Novel about Goya), Spanische Ballade also called Die Jüdin von Toledo (1955; Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo), and Jefta und seine Tochter (1957; Jephta and his Daughter). Feuchtwanger’s library reflects his interests in different historical periods and contains several noteworthy smaller collections of primary and secondary sources focusing on such subjects as Greek and Latin classics, Jewish and biblical history, the Enlightenment, French Revolution, German literature and exile literature.

For more information, visit the Special Collections' Feuchtwanger Memorial Library page.

The Feuchtwanger Memorial Library is housed within Special Collections in the Doheny Memorial Library.