Léo Lania Papers, 1916-1959

Summary Information

Title: Léo Lania Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1916-1959

  • Lania, Léo, 1896-1961
Call Number: U.S. Mss 27AF; PH 4932; M92-228

Quantity: 7.2 cubic feet (18 archives boxes and 1 flat box) and 0.2 cubic feet of photographs (1 folder and 1 oversize folder); plus additions of 0.4 cubic feet

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of the journalist, propagandist, and writer Lazar Herrmann who worked under the pen name Léo Lania. The bulk of the collection relates to Lania's career as a journalist in the United States and Germany and, to a lesser extent, to his work in theater and film in Europe after 1945; there is little material on his opposition to Nazism or his pre-World War II stage and screen writing. Much of the collection is in German. Alphabetically arranged correspondence, circa 1935-1961, chiefly relates to Lania's professional life. Prominent correspondents include Brigid Brophy, Pearl S. Buck, Max Eastman, Lion Feuchtwanger, Granville Hicks, Hans V. Kaltenborn, Fritz Lang, Walter Lippmann, Louis P. Lochner, W. Somerset Maugham, Edgar Ansell Mowrer, Erwin Piscator, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Dorothy Thompson, and Sigrid Undset. Correspondence, drafts, reviews, notes, and outlines document 22 books, 28 plays, 26 motion pictures, and many radio broadcasts, speeches, and articles. Of particular interest are a fictionalized account of the last days of Jan Masaryk; a biography of Joseph Schildkraut; two autobiographical works: The Shanghai Drama and The Last Act, two films on which he worked with G.W. Pabst; propaganda scripts for Radio Free Europe and Voice of America; and articles for The Nation, Reader's Digest, Vogue, and a number of foreign journals about his observations of European politics and the Cold War.

Language: English, German, French

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