Letters to Barbara von Bechtolsheim from Adrienne Rich, 1988-1993
Letters from Adrienne Rich to Barbara von Bechtolsheim concerning Um die Freiheit schreiben: Beiträge zur Frauenbewegung, Rich's reasons for not wanting to participate in a biographical project, and her reflections on German culture and feminism.
- Bechtolsheim, Barbara von (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the letters written by Adrienne Rich is held by the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust.
The collection contains eight letters from Adrienne Rich to Barbara von Bechtolsheim concerning rights issues related to including "Women and Honor" and "Split at the Root" in Um die Freiheit schreiben: Beiträge zur Frauenbewegung and apologizing for not being able to write a foreword for the book due to illness and needing to care for her mother. Other letters contain Rich's reasons for not wanting to participate in a biographical project and her reflections on German culture and feminism.
Barbara von Bechtolsheim studied German literature, philosophy, and psychology at the University of Munich and Stanford University. Since receiving her PhD from Stanford, she has worked as a free lance literary translator and has taught classes on American and German literature at several universities. She translated and wrote an afterward for the German collection of Adrienne Rich's essays, Um die Freiheit schreiben: Beiträge zur Frauenbewegung (Suhrkamp, 1990) and is the author of Paare: Von Beziehungskünstlern und ihrer Liebe (Insel, 2022).
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2023-M14
The letters to Barbara von Bechtolsheim from Adrienne Rich were given to the Schlesinger Library by Barbara von Bechtolsheim in January 2023.
Processed: March 2023
By: Johanna Carll
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- Bechtolsheim, Barbara von. Letters to Barbara von Bechtolsheim from Adrienne Rich, 1988-1993: A Finding Aid
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
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