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Karl J. Holzknecht papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1973_U101-UA


  • circa 1920s


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The University also has a model of a Stratford on Avon theatre built by Holzknecht. This was in the possession of the English department in 1995.


.875 linear feet (1 mss box, 1 flat, and 1 oversized item)

Biographical / Historical

Karl J. Holzknecht was born in Louisville in 1899 and graduated from Male High School. He received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Louisville in 1920. Holzknecht received his master's degree (1920) and doctorate (1923) in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and married Eleanore Butler of Pennsylvania in1924. He worked as an English professor at the University of Louisville from 1923 to 1929. He became an instructor at Washington Square College of New York University from 1929 to 1956. Holzknecht specialized in Shakespearean studies and is the author of Backgrounds of Shakespeare's Plays (1950), a prominent collection of essays on the playwright. He was the recipient of the Sesquicentennial Medal from the University of Louisville in 1948. He died on March 23, 1956 at the age of 55.


The materials include a manuscript on William Shakespeare, clippings about Shakespeare, Shakespearean actors, and theatre, and a copy of Payne's illustrated London. There is also a map of early London in Shakespeare's time, and a "view of London from along the Thames River.".

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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752