Date of Award

Spring 1945

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures


The high place of Gertrud Von Le Fort in Contemporary German literature makes it difficult to understand why she is not more widely known in America, especially since much of her work has been well translated. Material on her life and works is so scarce that even the publishers "blurbs" in German weeklies assume a value out of all proportion. Of the material available, Theoderich Kampmann, in an article on Gertrud Von Le Fort which was published in the Hochland, gives the best treatment of the spiritual force of the author. George H. Danton, professor of German at Union College, Schenestady, New York, published a comprehensive article about the author in Books Abroad, 1939. The most satisfactory way to know Le Fort, however, is to read her works. For this reason, I have included full (perhaps too full) summaries of the works on review. As Francois Mauriac writes, in God and Mammon, "To write is to hand one's self over." Our author definitely "hands herself over"--applying to all human existence the theory nearest her heart.