|Born / Died||1914–1981|
The Martha Albrand collection primarily consists of manuscripts; it also includes printed material, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings, and scrapbooks.
The manuscripts include her novels Einsamer Himmel (writing as Katrin Holland, Orell Fuessli, 1938), Carlotta Torresani (writing as Katrin Holland, Orell Fuessli, 1938), Without Orders (Little, Brown, 1943), Endure No Longer (Little, Brown, 1944), The Mask of Alexander (Random House, 1955), The Linden Affair (Random House, 1956), The Obsession of Emmet Booth (Random House, 1957), A Day in Monte Carlo (Random House, 1959), Meet Me Tonight (Random House, 1960), The Ball (writing as Christine Lambert, Atheneum, 1961), A Call from Austria (Random House, 1963), A Door Fell Shut (New American Library, 1966), Rhine Replica (Random House, 1969), Manhattan North (Coward, 1971), and Zuerich/AZ 900 (Holt, 1974).
There are also several unpublished novels in the collection: They Who Smile, Weekend in Berlin, Angelina, At Odds with Morning, Jonathan Cobb, Love is a Danger, The Dark Side of Love (writing as Katrin Holland), The Long End of the Wishbone (writing as Katrin Holland), On a Sunday Afternoon (writing as Christine Lambert, 1966), and White Night .
Other manuscripts present in the papers are Albrand’s short stories, stage plays, short non-fiction, speeches, and work for radio.
The printed material includes complete runs of many of Albrand’s serialized works, in magazines like Ladies Home Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, The Argus Weekend Magazine, and John Bull . Also present are clippings from newspapers and magazines containing book reviews, publicity, or mentions of Albrand. This material dates from the 1940s through the 1960s.
The correspondence primarily consists of professional letters from agents, publishers and lawyers; also included are some personal letters and fan mail, as well as some interleaved financial material. Notable correspondents include Iris Barry, Abraham Burack, Bennett Cerf, Victor Gollancz, Josephine Lawrence, Sidney Lumet, and Alfred A. Knopf.
Also included in the collection are photographs of Albrand (ca. 1920-1979), reel-to-reel audio tapes of Albrand in conversation (1965), and scrapbooks of clippings (1935, 1943, 1950, 1951).
The author of more than forty novels, Martha Albrand (1914 - 1981) began her prolific career in Europe before immigrating to the United States in 1937. Once in America, she enjoyed continued success, mostly as a writer of mystery and suspense novels, several of which were serialized in the Saturday Evening Post .
The author was born Heidi Huberta Freybe on September 8, 1914 in Rostock, Germany. She began her writing career while still a teenager in her native country, adopting the pen name Katrin Holland. Her first published books were the children’s tale, Wie Macht Man das Nur ! (G. Stalling, 1930), and the romance novel, Man Spricht über Jacqueline (Ullstein, 1930). She completed about a dozen more romance novels before she left Germany. In 1935, she adopted the pseudonym Martha Albrand with the publication of Das frauenhaus (Orell Fueseli, 1935).
Once in the United States, she switched genres and began to write suspense and mystery stories. Her first effort, No Surrender (Little, Brown, 1942), had elements of romance, but the main action of the story concerns the workings of the Dutch underground during the Second World War. After being serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, it was published to critical praise.
Comfortable in her new genre, Albrand published more than 25 additional novels in the next thirty-five years. Among her more noteworthy efforts were Endure No Longer (Little, Brown, 1944), set in prewar Germany, Whispering Hill (Random House, 1947), Desperate Moment (Random House, 1951), for which she was awarded Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiers, A Door Fell Shut (New American Library, 1961) and Manhattan North (Coward, 1971), about the murder of a Supreme Court justice.
Albrand, who became a naturalized American citizen in 1947, was married first to the late Joseph Loewengard, and later to Sydney J. Lamon, who died in 1973. She died at her New York City home on June 24, 1981 at the age of 66. After her death, the PEN American Center established the Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction in 1988 and the Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir in 1997.
|Library of Congress Subject Headings||American literature – 20th century.
American literature – Women authors.
Women authors, American.
German American authors.