Studies in Modern European Literature and Thought

Bowes and Bowes published a popular series of books in the 1950s and 1960s subtitled Studies in Modern European Literature and Thought. Each book of 50-60 pages was aimed at English readers. The collection was edited by Erich Heller, who clearly felt that, Simone Weil apart, no woman writer or thinker merited inclusion. He also declined to include Bertolt Brecht  as “not being one of the better known figures in modern European thought”.

Nevertheless I am drawn to the collection, in part for their aesthetic, but also because their arbitrary selection includes some old chestnuts and some writers I’ve never come across. I listed them here for reference and because I could find no definitive list.

In addition to the fifty-two listed works, whose existence I have verified, I have come across references to others including Fernando Pessoa by Roy Campbell, Nietzsche by Erich Heller, Robert Musil by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, and Leopardi by John Heath-Stubbs. I’m unable to find any reference to their publication so leave them off the list until verified. If you know of any I’ve missed, please let me know.

 

  1. Baudelaire, P. Mansell Jones, 1952
  2. Lorca, Roy Campbell, 1952
  3. Rilke, Hans Egon Holthusen, 1952
  4. Unamuno, Arturo Barea, 1952
  5. Hölderlin, Lore Sulasmith Salzberger, 1952
  6. Paul Valéry, Elizabeth Sewell, 1952
  7. André Gide, Enid Stark, 1953
  8. Croce, Cecil Sprigge, 1953
  9. Ernst Jünger, J. P. Stern, 1953
  10. Sartre, Iris Murdoch, 1953
  11. Mistral, Rob Lyle, 1954
  12. Léon Bloy, Rayner Heppenstall, 1953
  13. Rivière, Martin Turnell, 1953
  14. Kleist, Richard March, 1954
  15. Goncharov, Janko Lavrin, 1954
  16. Manzoni, Bernard Wall, 1954
  17. Hauptmann, Hugh F. Garten, 1954
  18. Simone Weil, E. W. F. Tomlin, 1954
  19. Mauriac, Martin Jarrett-Kerr, 1954
  20. Stefan George, E. K. Bennett, 1954
  21. Ortega Y Gasset, José Ferrater Mora, 1954
  22. Proust, J. M. Cocking, 1956
  23. Flaubert, Anthony Thereby, 1956
  24. Martin Buber, Arthur A. Cohen, 1957
  25. Bergson, Ian W. Alexander, 1957
  26. Rimbaud, C. A. Hackett, 1957
  27. Verhaeren, P. Mansell Jones, 1957
  28. Paul Claudel,Wallace Fowlie, 1957
  29. Martin Heidegger, Marjorie Grene, 1957
  30. Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Hans Andreas Hammelmann, 1957
  31. Anton Chekhov, Walter Horace Buford, 1957
  32. Lermontov, Jako Lavrin, 1959
  33. The Goncourts, Robert Baldick, 1960
  34. André Malraux, Geoffrey H. Hartman, 1960
  35. Franz Kafka, Günther Anders, 1960
  36. Tolstoy, Theodore T. Redpath, 1960
  37. Roger Martin Du Gard, Robert Gibson, 1961
  38. Benjamin Constant, William W. Holdheim, 1961
  39. Camus, Nathan Scott, 1962
  40. Romanov, Renato Poggioli, 1962
  41. Zamyatin, D. J. Richards, 1962
  42. Gabriel Marcel, Seymour Cain, 1963
  43. Huysmans, Henry R. T. Brandreth, 1963
  44. Hoffmann, Ronald Taylor, 1963
  45. Bernanos, Peter Hebblethwaite, 1965
  46. De Tocqueville, Edward T. Gargan, 1965
  47. Charles Peguy, Nelly Jussem-Wilson, 1956
  48. Stendahl, John Atherton, 1965
  49. Samuel Beckett, Nathan A. Scott, 1956
  50. Heine, Meno Spann, 1966
  51. Pirandello, Oscar Büdel, 1966
  52. Dostoevsky, A Steinberg, 1966

Those in bold are in my collection.