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Gudrun Brug papers

Identifier: C-28
According to Healy's account of her correspondence with Gudrun Brug, the letters "are a record of a friendship between two writers." The letters, written by Brug and received by Healy, involve Brug's loves, single motherhood, religion, modernism, Brug's and Healy's novels, and Brug's attempt to have a memorial built on the site of the Synogogueplatz in her home town of Forchheim. Healy also notes that in a sense, each of the women wrote their novels in these letters, as they would share passages, ideas, and characters. Healy has included her own novel, Lone Stars, in the collection, as a number of Brug's letters reference and discuss Healy's characters.

The collection primarily consists of Brug's letters to Healy, but also includes a number of typescripts of Brug's writings, one copy of Healy's novel, "Lone Stars," as well as copies of Brug's novels, "Ostergroschen" and "Die Schande," both in German.


  • 1986-1998


Language of Materials

English and German

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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2 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

Gudrun Brug (1949-) is a German novelist. She was a lecturer at Bennington College from 1981-1986 and 1990, and was co-editor of the literary magazine, 8 1/2 x 11 with Sophia Healy, with whom she frequently corresponded. Sophia Healy (1938-) was born in Middlebury, VT, and attended Oberlin, Middlebury (class of 1961), Yale, and Bennington College (where she later taught drawing and papermaking from 1968-1982). Healy's father was a professor at Middlebury College. In 1979, she founded a handmade paper workshop, Trout Paper. Her first novel, Lone Stars, was published in 1986.

Other Finding Aids

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sophia Healy in 1998. Sophia Healy attended Middlebury College and is the daughter of Middlebury College professor, Arthur Healy. In her correspondence with special collections curator, Bob Buckeye, Healy notes that she had written with author Nicholas Delbanco, who suggested that her collection of Gudrun Brug's papers should reside at Middlebury, in part due to Healy's own ties to the College.

Related Materials

23 copies of literary magazine, 8 1/2 x 11 (edited by Gudrun Brug and Sophia Healy), originally given with the rest of the collection, are shelved in Abernethy periodicals in special collections.



Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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