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Finding Aid for Tatjana M. Warren papers

Finding aid prepared by Michaela Ullmann and Lisa Ebiner Gavet, 2014 June

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Meister, Ernst, 1911-1979
Soik, Helmut Maria, 1914-
Warren, Tatjana M.
Tatjana M. Warren papers
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear feet, 1 box
Language of materials
Much of the collection is in German.
This collection contains correspondence between Tatjana M. Warren and German poets Helmut Maria Soik and Ernst Meister. The collection also contains some manuscripts of Meister's and Soik's works.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Tatjana M. Warren papers, Collection no. 6031, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical / Historical note

Helmut Maria Soik was born in Schwenningen, Germany, on July 12, 1911. In 1932, he published his cycle of poems "Die lichte Spur." Soik was imprisoned in Russia during World War II and returned to Germany in 1950. His work "Die zerbrochene Balalaika" reflects on his personal experience throughout the war. In 1976, Soik gained popularity in the US when his book "Rimbaud under the Steel Helmet" was translated into English. Soik died on June 14, 1989.

Ernst Meister, German poet and writer, was born on September 3, 1911. He studied theology, literature, art history, and philosophy (the latter under Karl Löwith and Hans-Georg Gadamer) at various German universities before enlisting as a soldier in the German army. He used his war experiences in many of his poems, stories, radio plays, and stage plays, developing a darkly abstract existentialist style. His first major publication, "Ausstellung," appeared in 1932. After "Ausstellung," he did not publish any works for two decades. His next works appear beginning in 1953, and between that year and 1979, he produced more than 16 volumes of verse as well as a number of other literary and visual works. Meister’s poetry is noted for its brevity and difficult syntax and has been compared to the work of his contemporary, Romanian poet Paul Celan (1920-1970). In spite of his prolific output, Meister was not involved with the literary and cultural elite of his time, and his works were relatively unknown during his lifetime. He did, however, receive a number of awards in his lifetime, including the Annette von Droste-Hulshoff Prize in 1957, the Great Art Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1963, the Petrarch Prize in 1976, and the Rainer Maria Rilke Prize for Poetry jointly with Sarah Kirsch in 1978. Meister posthumously received the most prestigious award in German literature, the Georg Büchner Prize, shortly after his death on June 15, 1979. [Adapted from Wikipedia,]

Tatjana Warren was Helmut Soik's step-sister, and played a role in introducing his poetry to American publishers. She lived in Los Angeles.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence between Tatjana M. Warren and poets Helmut Maria Soik and Ernst Meister. The collection also contains some manuscripts of Meister's and Soik's works.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 June
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Brochures
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Meister, Ernst, 1911-1979 -- Archives
  • Soik, Helmut Maria, 1914- -- Archives
  • Warren, Tatjana M. -- Archives


  • German literature--20th century--Archival resources
  • German poetry--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence 

 Correspondence between Tatjana Warren and Helmut M. Soik 

Box Folder

 Tatjana Warren with Helmut M. Soik 1976-1977 

1 5

 Correspondence H.M. Soik with Tatjana Warren 1986-1988 

1 7

 General correspondence 

Box Folder

 Zum Tode von Ernst Meister / condolence letters and articles 

1 4

 Correspondence: Tatjana Warren 1974-1983 

1 6

 Correspondence: Tatjana Warren 1978-1991 

1 8

 Correspondence: Michael Montler / Tatjana Warren 

1 9

 Correspondence relating to "Room Without Walls" by Ernst Meister 1986-1987 

1 10

 Carl Hanser Verlag: Correspondence from Christoph Schlotterer to Serendipity Books 

1 11

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Series 2:  Manuscripts and publications 

 Ernst Meister 

Box Folder

 Meister- misc. 

1 14

 Ernst Meister: An Apology of Doubt / Apologie des Zweifels 

1 15

 Horspiel: Das Souvenir by Ernst Meister 

1 16

 Horspiel: ...und aufwecken wollte ich ihn nicht by Ernst Meister 

1 17

 Horspiel: Die Sterblichen by Ernst Meister 

1 18

 Horspiel: Der Mut der Raupen by Ernst Meister 

1 19

 Horspiel: Unser Vater der Seemaler by Ernst Meister 

1 20

 Horspiel: Die Reisenden by Ernst Meister 

1 21

 Ernst Meister: Preis, Press clippings, etc. 

1 22

 Poems by Ernst Meister 

1 23

 Fern liegt Eleusis - Ernst Meister liest eigene Gedichte. DVD 


 Room without Walls by Ernst Meister 


 Helmut Maria Soik 

Box Folder

 Gedichten von Helmut Maria Soik, von Jorg Fauser 

1 24

 Aus der Familiengeschichte von Manjeffa Soik geb. Balujew 

1 25

 Medea 1974 

1 27

 H.M. Soik "Die zerbrochene Balalaika" book jacket and 4 photocopies 

1 28

 Inhaltsverzeichniss fuer H.M. Soik ,s Manuskript / Contents 

1 29

 Zwei briefeaus stalingrad fur tatjana warren- 1 copy in German and 2 copies of the English translation 

1 31

 Impression of William Blake, O! Why was I born 

1 32

 Mytilene by H. M. Soik 

1 33

 Hetaren, Kunstler und Herosen, Von H.M. Soik 

1 34

 Poetry by H.M. Soik...1 

1 35

 Poetry by H.M. Soik...2 

1 36

 Poetry by H.M. Soik...3, labeled as pages B7-B89 

1 37

 Poetry by H.M. Soik...4, labeled as pages B90-B163 

1 38

 Poetry by H.M. Soik...5, labeled as pages C29-C127; D5-D110; E12-E106; F40-F111; G40; H93 

1 39-40

 Poetry by H.M. Soik...6 

1 40-41

 Material on Helmut Maria Soik 

1 41

 Laudatio for the great Roman Folkspoet Guiseppe Giocchini Belli 1791-1863 

1 43

 Rimbaud under the Steel Helmet by Helmut Maria Soik 

Scope and Content

First English translation.


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Series 3:  Brochures 

Box Folder

 Brochure: Kunstdialog hagenwest, Heft 2, Die Frau des Dichters, In memoriam Else Meister 

1 12

 Brochures on Rintaro Yagi 

1 13

 Matthes and Seitz Verlag Programm 1. Halbjahr 1977 1977 

1 26

 Adler Zeitschrift Fur Genealogie Und Heraldik Juli / September 1976 

1 30

 Verlagsverzeichnis 1990/91; Lyrik und Prosa Essays und Abhandlungen zur Literatur, Musik und Photographie 1990/1991 

1 42

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Series 4:  Misc. 

Box Folder

 Unidentified manuscript 

1 1

 Newspaper clippings 

1 2

 Hier ruhen in Gott, Hermann Schimmelpfennig / Hier ruht in Gott, Dorette Rammlerstoss geb. Reineskind 1972, 1930 

1 44

 Inhalt Heft 25 vom. 14 Juni 1984 Juni 1984 

1 45

 Jean Paul 

1 46

 Misc. (articles, translations of poems, etc.) 

1 47


1 48

 Mumu and Kassyan of Fair Springs by Ivan Turgenev 


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Box Folder

 1 photograph, unidentified 

1 3

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