[PW] seeking information on Friedrich Depken ...

Barbara Schmidt schmidtbrb at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 10:59:00 PDT 2021


Findagrave has an entry for a birth date of 1890 and a death date of 1974 —

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30764932/friedrich-depken

Barb

On Thursday, September 30, 2021, S M Colowick <colowick at gmail.com> wrote:

> Searching in Ancestry, I found a Dr. Friedrich Depken departing
> Germany for the U.S. in 1938 at the age of 48. The record says he's
> married and that he lived in Bremen. It lists his occupation as "Dr.
> phil." This is from an external database, but the link doesn't seem to
> work.
>
> He's also listed as an arriving passenger, in a different database,
> with these particulars:
>
> Name:Dr. Friedrich Depken
> Gender:Male
> Ethnicity/ Nationality:German
> Marital Status:Married
> Age:48
> Birth Date:1890
> Birth Place:Germany
> Other Birth Place:Bremen
> Last Known Residence:Bremen, Germany
> Place of Origin:Germany
> Departure Port:Bremen, Germany
> Arrival Date:18 Jul 1938
> Arrival Port:New York, New York, USA
> Final Destination:Bremen, Germ.
> Years in US:1 Month
> Citizenship Intention:No
> Height:5 Feet, 10 Inches
> Hair Color:Brown
> Eye Color:Blue
> Complexion:Fair
>
> So it looks like he was just visiting here. There may be more info on
> him in Ancestry. I didn't check any of the other results to see if
> they seem like the same guy.
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 1:04 PM Debra Andreadis <andreadisd at denison.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> > It looks like the second book is a published version of the first which
> was
> > a Doctoral Thesis for Heidelberg University.
> >
> > Here is a description of the book from Rollyson, Carl E. 2008. Critical
> > Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction. Vol. Rev. ed. / editor, Carl
> > Rollyson. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Pasadena, Calif: Salem Press:
> >
> > "Depken, Friedrich. Sherlock Holmes, Raffles, and Their Prototypes.
> > Translated by Jay Finley Christ. Chicago: Fanlight House, 1949. First
> > published in German at Heidelberg in 1914, this short history and
> analysis
> > of detective fiction from its beginnings in the nineteenth century
> > discusses such elements as deduction, suspense, heroes, and narrators.
> > Concludes with a defense of the genre."
> >
> > And the thesis information from WorldCat:
> > Author Depken, Friedrich, 1890-
> > <https://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search~S0?/aDepken%2C+
> Friedrich%2C+1890-/adepken+friedrich+1890/-3,-1,0,B/browse>
> > Title *Charakter und Technik der Detektivnovelle / Friedrich Depken*
> > Publish Info Heidelberg, 1914
> >
> > Description XI, 29 p., 1 l. 22 cm
> > Note Thesis (doctoral)--Ruprecht-Karls-Universitt Heidelberg, 1914
> > Lebenslauf
> > Literatur, p. [vii]-xi
> > Complete work published as Anglische Forschungen, Hft. 41, with title:
> > Sherlock Holmes Raffles und ihre Vorbilder ... 1914
> > Alt Name Universitt Heidelberg
> > <https://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search~S0?/aUniversit{u00E4}t+
> Heidelberg/auniversitt+heidelberg/-3,-1,0,B/browse>
> > OCLC # 44742642
> >
> >
> > I didn't find any other information on the author, but perhaps Heidelberg
> > University has an archives that could help.
> >
> > Debby Andreadis
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 12:25 PM PETER BLAU <blau7103 at comcast.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Author of Charakter und technik der detektivenovelle (1914) and
> Sherlock
> > > Holmes, Raffles und ihre vorbilder (1914) . . . the second book was
> > > translated and published in English as  Sherlock Holmes, Raffles and
> Their
> > > Prototypes (1949) . . . but I'm unable to find any biographical or
> > > professional information about him.
> > >
> > > Hopefully,
> > >
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