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 "Ostentatious" was performed by Jennifer Gavin.Witness m5-208: OSTENTATIOUS ()
Witness m5-207: OSTENTATIOUS ()
Witness m5-206: OSTENTATIOUS ()
Witness m5-205: OSTENTATIOUS ()
Witness m5-203: OSTENTATIOUS ()
Textual Notes: “Ostentatious” in five versions on five separate leaves, appearing in VM as first draft to last, as thought by the editor); ca. 1926-1927 (Maryland Book Room dating). If the Baroness wrote “Ostentatious” in 1926, it would have been written as she was preparing to leave Berlin. However, the first version of “Ostentatious” resides on a page with first versions of “Café du Dome” and “Ancestry,” the former based upon a Parisian café. The later estimation of 1927 would mean that the poem was written with the first year of her residence in Paris shortly before her death. Djuna Barnes took possession of the Baroness’s papers, and unsuccessfully attempted to write the Baroness’s biography. This may explain the notes written in dark green script on version D; experts in the Maryland room attribute notes on here to Djuna Barnes. The notes read: “I spooked (10)/I am adrift, God is so slow/with me (16) (18)/Photo made by Andre Kertesz/5 rue de Vanues/P.14/Cast by Oscar Stornoro”. This would also suggest a 1927 origin because of the allusions to Parisian photograph, particularly if Barnes’s notes are cross-references in her data collection for the Baroness’s biography.
The following is an excerpt from Jennifer Gavin's transcription rationale: Version m5-208: One-stanza and the most "raw" in that there are lines and phrases crossed out, added and replaced. All black-ink, with no signature. Shares page with versions of "Café du Dome" and "Ancestry." Version m5-207: One-stanza version in upper left-hand corner of page. Punctuation in green, signature "E.V.L.F." in green and underlined in red. This version is followed by notes by Djuna Barnes (see provenance entry above). Version m5-206: One-stanza version to the upper left of the page, with punctuation in green. Signature "E.V.F.L." underlined in red ink. Version m5-205: This version separates the poem by showing the words "WESTWARD" and "EASTWARD" stepping outside to the right and left of the poem, respectively. Contains no punctuation. No signature. Version m5-203: appears to be the most recent. Contains four stanzas dispersed spatially on the page, with the last stanza blotted out in black ink in a 1-inch by 1.5-inch square. Punctuation in red ink. No signature.
Created on thin, off-white and slightly-yellowed typing paper; 8 x 10 leaves; text occupies approximately a quarter or third of the page, with wide margins and surrounded by blank space; 5 leaves. Presentation: Freytag-Loringhoven’s handwriting is in even, regular block lettering whose register is well-spaced, in black ink except for a signature. Punctuation, if it exists, is in green or red ink.
Read Jennifer Gavin's essay "Chasing the Baroness: Editing Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven's 'Ostentatious.'"
Additions appear in a green, fixed-width font. Deletions appear in a red, fixed-width font with strikethrough.
Electronic Edition Information
Encoded by Dan Wendling
All annotations by Jennifer Gavin 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
OSTENTATIOUS manuscripts located in Series III, Box 3, Folder 17; microfiche id numbers 5/203-5/208.
Special Collections at the University of Maryland provides more information about the microfilm edition of the papers.
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