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Jeremy Adler Collection

The Jeremy Adler Collection comprises books from the library of Jeremy Adler (1947-), Emeritus Professor of German at King’s. The collection covers 20th century European poetry, concrete poetry, printing and the art of the book, and the Holocaust.

Papers of Jeremy Adler, 1975-2002, are held in the College Archives.

A portrait of Franz Steiner and his sister in formal children's dress, ca. 1920Jeremy Adler grew up among artists and they had a profound influence on his work and teaching. In this collection are held books, invitations and catalogues of artists, many of whom have works in public collections.

Artists represented in the collection include his mother, Bettina Adler, the sculptor Bernard Reder, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Gisèle Celan, wife of the poet, Paul Celan, Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Graacht, a painter who rescued several Jewish children from the Nazis in Amsterdam, and the close family friend Yehuda Bacon.

Also represented in the collection are works by other artists that Adler has collaborated with, such as Timothy Hyman.

Recent work on the collection

Held in the collection is a near complete list of publications by Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-52), a poet and anthropologist, who was concerned with the causes and consequences of the Holocaust. In 2019, we began cataloguing items by and related to Steiner and a blogpost related to Steiner's work and these recently acquired items discusses his life and work in more detail.

Soap box and concrete or visual poetry, by Jeremy Adler, 1987Items from the Jeremy Adler Collection have also often featured in exhibitions curated by Special Collections staff. The image to the right is an example of concrete or visual poetry taken from the collection and features in a section of an online exhibition on LIterary Revolutionaries

The images reproduced here are done so with the kind permission of Jeremy Adler.


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