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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 201-201.1

Robert Pick papers


Compositions and correspondence of the Australian-born writer Robert Pick.


  • Creation: 1915-1977

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Chiefly compositions and letters (in German and English) of Pick. Included are 3 boxes of his compositions, 1915-1977; 75 letters, 1942-1976, to Pick from friends and other authors, publishers, and historians; and 6 letters written by Pick. Letters concern mainly his writings, though some also reflect the work of others, such as Hermann Broch and Richard Beer-Hofmann. Among Pick's compositions are an unpublished typescript "Die beiden Ringe;" drafts of poems, 1915-1937; fragments of an autobiography; typescripts with manuscript corrections and revisions of Agnes d'Arcey; essays; and parts of Pick's translation into German of Malcolm Lowry's Under the volcano. Also includes typescript of The last days of imperial Vienna.

Biographical / Historical

Pick (1898-1978) was an Austrian-born novelist, editor, and translator.


Organized into the following series:

  1. bMS Ger 201: Compositions and correspondence
  2. ___I. Compositions
  3. ___II. Correspondence
  4. bMS Ger 201.1: The last days of imperial Vienna

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*77M-77 (bMS Ger 201). Gift of Priscilla Pick [Mrs. Robert Pick], 138 East 78th Street, New York, New York 10021; received: 1978.

*87M-85 (MS Ger 201.1).

Gift of Robert Pick, 138 East 78th Street, New York, New York 10021; received: 1975.

Pick, Robert, 1898-. Robert Pick papers: Guide.
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