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Janet Lembke Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0263

Scope and Contents

The Janet Lembke Papers date from 1966 to 2005 and include drafts of Lembke's books and translations, as well as correspondence, interviews, research materials, clippings, notes and other items related to her writings.

The collection contains research materials, notes, drafts and correspondence related to several of Janet Lembke's non-fiction writings as well as from her translations of Greek and Latin texts. The materials document Lembke's professional career as a southern author.

Dates

  • 1966 - 2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Janet (Nutt) Lembke was born March 2, 1933 in Cleveland, OH. She received her AB in Classics from Middlebury College in 1953. Lembke was the recipient of the Ford Foundation National Translation Center fellowship in 1968-69. She has lived in North Carolina, but currently resides in Staunton, Virginia.

Lembke writes non-fiction books and also translates Greek and Latin texts. Her nonfiction writings predominantly focus on nature and the environment in the American south.

Lembke's first book, Bronze and Iron (1973), documents the history of Old Latin poetry through the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the problems presented by their translation into English. The second half of the book presents translations of poems from these periods in history.

In addition to Bronze and Iron, Lembke has published translations of Aeschylus' Suppliants (1975) and Persians (1981), Euripides' Hecuba (1991) and Electra (1994), and Virgil's Georgics (2005).

With River Time (1989), Lembke moved from classical translations to non-fiction environmental writing. The book describes how people living on the banks of North Carolina's Lower Neuse River live in concert with the natural world.

With her next book, Looking for Eagles (1990), Lembke reveals that much of what most fascinates her in nature has classical origins. She mixes myth with natural history, a theme that carries through many of her other books.

In addition to her numerous books, she has published articles in Audubon, New York Times, Raleigh New and Observer, Bird Watcher's Digest, North American Review, Oxford American, and Sierra.

Extent

6.09 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Janet Lembke is a nonfiction author and translator of Greek and Latin texts who has lived in North Carolina and Virginia. Her nonfiction writings predominantly focus on nature and the environment in the American south.

The Janet Lembke Papers date from 1966 to 2008 and include drafts of Lembke's books and translations, as well as correspondence, interviews, research materials, clippings, notes and other items related to her writings.

Arrangement Note

The materials remain primarily in the order given to them by the author. The collection has been placed in chronological order by book.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Janet Lembke in 2007. Addition donated by Janet Lembke in August, 2010.

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Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Motszko, August 2008. The 2010 addition follows the arrangement of the original donation.

Encoded by Jennifer Motszko and Michelle Belden, October 2008. Revised in August, 2010.
Title
Janet Lembke Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Jennifer Motszko
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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