Elsa von Freytag-LoringhovenOriginal Source:
The Baroness' poems and papers are contained in the Archives and Manuscripts Department at the University of Maryland Libraries. Complete papers cover the period from 1917-1933 and consist of manuscripts, drafts, notes, correspondence, drawings and photographs.
Textual transcription and analysis of the seven poems encoded here were undertaken in Fall 2003 by graduate students in William H. Sherman's English 601 class, "Literary Research and Critical Contexts."
Text editing of "Coronation" was performed by Christina Painton.Witness a1: Coronation: Handwritten Original Version by the Baroness ()
Witness a2: Coronation: Handwritten by the Baroness () ()
Witness a3: Coronation: Handwritten by the Baroness () ()
Witness a4: Coronation: Handwritten by the Baroness () ()
Witness a5: Coronation: Final Version Handwritten by the Baroness () ()
Witness a6: Coronation: Version Typewritten by Djuna Barnes ()
Witness a7: Coronation: Ideal Text, culled from Versions a5 and a6 by Christina Painton
Textual Notes: There are seven versions of "Coronation," presented here in the following order: five handwritten by the Baroness (in the order of first to last draft, as determined by the editor), followed by one typewritten version by Djuna Barnes, followed by an "Ideal Text" culled by the editor from the Baroness' final version and Barnes' typed version. Titles of all versions are "Coronation"; none are dated. The poem is unpublished.
The following is an excerpt from Christina Painton's transcription rationale:
Six versions of "Coronation" were found among Djuna Barnes' papers.... Although "Coronation" was unpublished, the Baroness may have intended to submit it. On the backside of what I deem the final version of "Coronation" [Version a5], she wrote in an undated letter to Djuna Barnes, "I consider this important. "Liberator" has some beloved poems in its smirchy pages"....Although it is unknown if "Coronation" was ever submitted for publication, Barnes typed the handwritten final manuscript, making several changes in the process. The piece presented here is an "Ideal Text" of Barnes' typewritten transcription and the Baroness' final handwritten version (Version a7); all notes are my editorial additions.
The Baroness' spelling conventions (or lack thereof) presented the principal editorial challenges of this piece. Words such as "Saphir," "Cloggs," "Arist," and "ametyst" are unusual at best and nonexistent at worst. Clearly these terms require annotations, but I felt the Baroness's compound words such as "Smoketopazgray" and "Slatevapormist," although undefined in the Oxford English Dictionary, were comprehensible and did not require further explanation.
Read Christina Painton's essay "Contamination or Clarification? Editorial Challenges Presented by 'Coronation.'"
Additions appear in a green, fixed-width font. Deletions appear in a red, fixed-width font with strikethrough.
Electronic Edition Information
Encoded by Jennifer Agresta.
All annotations by Christina Painton, except those explicitly prefaced with "Encoder's Note."
Published by Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
Researchers can gain access to the Papers of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven in the Maryland Room, Hornbake Library, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742
"Coronation" manuscripts located in Series III, Box One, Folder 48; microfiche id numbers 3/702-3/712.
Special Collections at the University of Maryland provides more information about the microfilm edition of the papers.
Images and manuscripts drafts of this poem may not be reproduced or downloaded and used on another site without the explicit permission of UMD Archives. Though the intellectual property of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is in the public domain, all annotations and editorial commentary are copyrighted.
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