Digital Resource: The Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven Papers

Happy National Poetry Month!  As we celebrate some of our favorite poets, it’s also an opportunity to discover someone whose poetry you may not have read before.

One poet worth examining is the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927), the avant garde German poet.  Von Freytag-Loringhoven was a woman of many talents. In addition to her work as a poet, von Freytag-Loringhoven was an artist who was active in the Dada movement, which rejected logic and reason in favor of absurdity. 

Source: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Collection

Von Freytag-Loringhoven was part of the artistic and literary scenes in Berlin, New York City, and Paris. She was also close friends with Djuna Barnes, who at one point planned to write her biography. If you want to learn more about this underrated modernist figure, you’re in luck!  Maryland’s Special Collections and University Archives is home to the Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven papers.

The library may be closed right now, but the majority of the collection is available online.  To learn more, check out:

Source: https://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/2439 Orgasmic Toast (Orgasm), undated, Box: 3, Folder: 15.0; Reel: 5, Frame: Reel 5, Frame 190. Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven papers, 0009-LIT. Special Collections and University Archives

If you’re looking for more ways to take advantage of Maryland’s holdings be sure to take a look at an online exhibit highlighting the Baroness’s poetry:

Source: https://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/9859 Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven papers, Series II, Box 1, Folder 36: Unidentified English circa 1923-1927

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