Finding Aid for Tatjana M. Warren papers 6031

Finding aid prepared by Michaela Ullmann and Lisa Ebiner Gavet
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
2014 June

Title: Tatjana M. Warren papers
Collection number: 6031
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1974-1991
Language of materials: Much of the collection is in German.
Abstract: 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.
creator: Meister, Ernst, 1911-1979
creator: Soik, Helmut Maria, 1914-
creator: Warren, Tatjana M.

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.

Preferred Citation

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

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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




Correspondence between Tatjana Warren and Helmut M. Soik

Box 1, Folder 5

Tatjana Warren with Helmut M. Soik 1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 7

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


General correspondence

Box 1, Folder 4

Zum Tode von Ernst Meister / condolence letters and articles

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence: Tatjana Warren 1974-1983

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence: Tatjana Warren 1978-1991

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence: Michael Montler / Tatjana Warren

Box 1, Folder 10

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

Box 1, Folder 11

Carl Hanser Verlag: Correspondence from Christoph Schlotterer to Serendipity Books


Manuscripts and publications


Ernst Meister

Box 1, Folder 14

Meister- misc.

Box 1, Folder 15

Ernst Meister: An Apology of Doubt / Apologie des Zweifels

Box 1, Folder 16

Horspiel: Das Souvenir by Ernst Meister

Box 1, Folder 17

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

Box 1, Folder 18

Horspiel: Die Sterblichen by Ernst Meister

Box 1, Folder 19

Horspiel: Der Mut der Raupen by Ernst Meister

Box 1, Folder 20

Horspiel: Unser Vater der Seemaler by Ernst Meister

Box 1, Folder 21

Horspiel: Die Reisenden by Ernst Meister

Box 1, Folder 22

Ernst Meister: Preis, Press clippings, etc.

Box 1, Folder 23

Poems by Ernst Meister

Box 1

Fern liegt Eleusis - Ernst Meister liest eigene Gedichte. DVD

Box 1

Room without Walls by Ernst Meister


Helmut Maria Soik

Box 1, Folder 24

Gedichten von Helmut Maria Soik, von Jorg Fauser

Box 1, Folder 25

Aus der Familiengeschichte von Manjeffa Soik geb. Balujew

Box 1, Folder 27

Medea 1974

Box 1, Folder 28

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

Box 1, Folder 29

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

Box 1, Folder 31

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

Box 1, Folder 32

Impression of William Blake, O! Why was I born

Box 1, Folder 33

Mytilene by H. M. Soik

Box 1, Folder 34

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

Box 1, Folder 35

Poetry by H.M. Soik...1

Box 1, Folder 36

Poetry by H.M. Soik...2

Box 1, Folder 37

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

Box 1, Folder 38

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

Box 1, Folder 39-40

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

Box 1, Folder 40-41

Poetry by H.M. Soik...6

Box 1, Folder 41

Material on Helmut Maria Soik

Box 1, Folder 43

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

Box 1

Rimbaud under the Steel Helmet by Helmut Maria Soik

Scope and Content

First English translation.


Box 1, Folder 12

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

Box 1, Folder 13

Brochures on Rintaro Yagi

Box 1, Folder 26

Matthes and Seitz Verlag Programm 1. Halbjahr 1977 1977

Box 1, Folder 30

Adler Zeitschrift Fur Genealogie Und Heraldik Juli / September 1976

Box 1, Folder 42

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



Box 1, Folder 1

Unidentified manuscript

Box 1, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings

Box 1, Folder 44

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

Box 1, Folder 45

Inhalt Heft 25 vom. 14 Juni 1984 Juni 1984

Box 1, Folder 46

Jean Paul

Box 1, Folder 47

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

Box 1, Folder 48


Box 1

Mumu and Kassyan of Fair Springs by Ivan Turgenev



Box 1, Folder 3

1 photograph, unidentified