Erich Maria Remarque

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According to Marvin Taylor, Fales Librarian, Erich Maria Remarque is in many ways the quintessential twentieth-century man. “Caught between the intense nineteenth-century nationalism of his youth and the dissolution and despair brought on by World War I, Remarque embodies the psychological and essential dilemmas of his generation,” Mr. Taylor said. “Though Remarque is remembered in the United States primarily as the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, his life and work intersects nearly every important moment of this century.” His literary career placed him at the center of the publishing world for decades and led him into the world of cinema. His numerous lovers included Marlene Dietrich and Natasha Paley Wilson; his friends included Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo; and he married actress Paulette Goddard.

The Erich Maria Remarque and Paulette Goddard Papers and Library were given to NYU by Ms. Goddard in 1990. The papers contain more than 62,000 pages of diaries, manuscripts, letters, photographs, documents and personal effects; and the library comprises ore than 3,000 volumes, including copies of all Remarque’s books and an extensive collection of translations.

(From the Remarque Centennial celebrations Press-Release, 1998)

Some of Remarque’s Hollywood successes

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