Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Maury mss., ca. 1935-1970, consist of the unpublished papers and writings of writer Curt Maury, 1909-1989. Born Kurt Tischler in Vienna he began writing poetry, plays and short stories while still in gymnasium. He attended the University of Vienna, studying German literature and received his PhD in 1935. As the Austrian government became fascist and Hitler's National Socialism took over in 1938, Curt and his wife fled to Lisbon and then to London. It was in London that his name was changed legally to Curt Maury. His first book, written in German but translated by R. Wills Thomas, was published in England in 1943.

Meanwhile Maury and his wife came to the United States settling in New York in 1940. He continued to write novels, plays and short stories, most of which remained unpublished, until the early 1960s when he became absorbed in the study of India and her religions. This interest and his long research trips to India continued through the mid-1970s and resulted in two substantial works: Folk Origins of Indian Art (Columbia University Press, 1969) and his last, but unpublished, Folk Religion of India and Canonical Hinduism. This last manuscript along with 10,000 accompanying slides are in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Present in this collection of mostly typescripts are Roadside Inns: The Final Years of Don Juan; two novels; three plays, one of which was sold to Hollywood for a movie; a small group of poems, and eighteen short stories and novellas.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Dramatic Verse; II. Novels; III. Plays; IV. Poetry; V. Short Stories. An inventory of the collection is available.

Gift. 2008

Collection size: 34 items

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