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The Gauss Seminars In Criticism records, 1949-1981.

Princeton University. Graduate School [Browse]
2.1 linear ft. (5 boxes)
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The collection is open for research use.
Biographical/​Historical note:
The Gauss Seminars in Criticism, named in honor of Dean Christian Gauss, were instituted in 1949 to provide a focus for the discussion, study, and the exchange of ideas in the humanities. Normally five or six seminars are held annually, each conducted by an invited guest who presents material upon which he is working or which seems to him significant. Past seminar leaders have included W. H. Auden, Noam Chomsky, Leon Edel, Jacques Maritain, Sean O'Faolain, Sir Herbert Read, Paul Tillich, Ren, Wellek, and Edmund Wilson. Some twenty-five or thirty persons invited from the University Faculty, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the community at large, participate in each seminar.
Summary note:
The collection is comprised of correspondence with the guest speaker. Most folders contain a letter of invitation to speak at the Gauss Seminars, correspondence concerning presentation dates, lodging, and material for distribution during the presentation. Other items include payment for lectures and correspondence requesting additional lecture dates at other institutions during the speaker's stay in the United States. Also included are an index of speakers and topics, as well as materials from a symposium on the subject of Thomas Mann's DR. FAUSTUS.
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