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Otto Heller Papers


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Publications by Otto Heller

Book Reviews and Articles

Speeches and Radio Talks

Personal Correspondence

Otto Heller memorial volumes


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Title: Otto Heller Papers, 1890-1961Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/03/wua00261

Primary Creator: Heller, Otto

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet


This collection has been arranged into six series.

Series 1: Publications by Otto Heller -- includes scholarly works, in both English and German, arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 2: Book Reviews and Articles --  arranged by title of the review.

Series 3: Speeches and Radio Talks -- both published and unpublished; arranged alphabetically by title

Series 4: Personal Correspondence

Series 5:  Otto Heller memorial volumes

Series 6.  Miscellaneous

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection primarily contains materials related to Heller's scholarly work in modern European literature and literary criticism.

Collection Historical Note

Otto Heller was born in 1863 in the province of Saxony, Germany.  After initial aspirations to be an actor, Heller attended the University of Prague, followed by the universities of Munich, Vienna, and Berlin.  He came to the United States in 1883 as a tutor and secured the post of instructor in Greek at LaSalle College in Philadelphia in 1887.  After receiving his doctor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1890, he taught briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a professor of German language and literature at Washington University in 1892.  In 1914, Heller was made professor of modern European literature in addition to his original professorship, and in 1924 he became the first dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a post he held until he became dean emeritus in 1937.  Heller was married to Jean S. Blair Heller.  He was an active and well respected critic of literature as well as being a writer himself.  His publications include “Henrik Ibsen, Play and Problems,” “Studies in Modern Literature,” “Prophets of Dissent,” and many others.  Otto Heller died July 29, 1941.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to the University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in December 2005.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Meg Tuomala in November 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Publications by Otto Heller],
[Series 2: Book Reviews and Articles],
[Series 3: Speeches and Radio Talks],
[Series 4: Personal Correspondence],
[Series 5: Otto Heller memorial volumes],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous],

Series 2: Book Reviews and ArticlesAdd to your cart.
arranged by title of the review.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book Reviews (and Index) - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Folder 1, May 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Book Reviews - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Folder 2, May-July 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Book Reviews - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Folder 3, July-Sept 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book Reviews - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Folder 4, Oct-Nov 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Book Reviews - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Folder 5, Nov '22-Jan '23Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Book Reviews and Articles - Reedy's Mirror, 1914-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Book Reviews and Newspaper Clippings by or about Heller, 1913-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Book Reviews, News Clippings, and Announcements by or about Heller, 1906-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Book Review of "Elementary German" by Charles P. Otis - Padagogische Monatshefte, November 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 10: German Literature - Review of "Favorite German Poems", edited by J. H. Dillard - January 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Reedy's Mirror - Vol. 25, No. 5, Feb 4, 1916Add to your cart.

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