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Clarence Marion Brune

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Clarence Marion Brune, 1867-1940
Title: Clarence Marion Brune Papers
Dates: n.d.
Extent: 1.5 linear feet; 3 boxes
Abstract: The Clarence Marion Brune Papers are a collection of manuscripts written by Brune, a scholar in the fields of poetry, theater, religion, and law.
Collection Number: 18
Language: English

Biographical Note

Clarence Marion Brune was a noted scholar, dramatist and actor in the early twentieth century. He led an adventurous and widely varied life; several legal scandals and his marriage to the popular stage actress Minnie Tittel overshadowed his brilliant scholarly contributions to multiple fields.

Brune was born Clarence Marion Browne in Portland, Michigan on February 1, 1867 to Robert and Mary Ann (McConnell) Brune. He had at least one brother, Robert Browne. Very little is known about his early life and early education; before he attended Columbia University for college preparation, information regarding his early years is unverifiable.

Brune received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1890, and subsequently a Licencie-es-Lettres the the University of Paris, his Ph.D. from Illinois Wesleyan University, an L.L.B. from the Chicago Law School, and his D.C.L. Catholic University of America and King’s University in 1908. Afterwards, he also earned an LL.D. from Laval University. His education encompassed several fields, including in-depth legal studies and literature.

Brune led a full and distinguished legal career. He was admitted to the Bar in 1894, and over the course of his life he became a member of the Bars of the Supreme Courts of the United States of America, the State of Illinois, the State of California, and the District of Columbia. He practiced law for a number of years in Chicago and San Francisco. He acted as a legal and business representative for several American corporations in London, and was the Special Attorney in charge of the Spanish-American War Loan for the Secretary of the Treasury, as well as a government attorney for the War Department Board of Contract Adjustment and the Assistant Counsel for the War Department Board of Appraisers.

Despite his legal background, Brune was implicated in several legal scandals throughout his life. After graduating from Harvard, he joined his brother Robert (who later became a Secret Service agent) in Idaho to help run the Moscow National Bank. During his three years with the bank, he acted as a cashier, and traveled widely to sell stock of the bank to investors using falsified statements and documents. When the bank went under in 1898, the brothers had swindled several investors of significant funds, which were never recovered. The next year, Brune and his new wife were sued repeatedly in the state of Washington for land speculation fraud. Brune was sued again in a widely-publicized case with Melbourne McDowell, in which he was found guilty for illegally holding the rights to certain plays, amid a whirlwind of testimony by McDowell of being drugged, kidnapped, coerced into marriage, and shipped abroad by a devious Brune. Legal scandals continued to dog Brune, including two cases in Australia where he was accused of plagiarizing a play and stealing a car.

Between his numerous degrees and scandals, Brune found the opportunity to become a celebrated stage actor in the United States and abroad with his wife, the very famous Minnie Tittel Brune. They toured continuously in the United States for nearly a decade before leaving for Australia in 1904. In Australia, his career waned, while Minnie became one of the biggest stars in Australian stage history. When they finally left Australia in 1909, they lived between London and the United States for several years; she continued to act, to lesser acclaim, and he wrote several plays and managed a theater and another production company.

Brune became a Captain, Q.M.C. in the United States Army for three years (June 20, 1917-July 15, 1920). He spent nearly two years in France, Germany, and England with the AEF and nearly one year in Washington with the War Department Boards of Contract Adjustment and Appraisers. During his time in the military, he invented three patented improvements to airplane propellers, and wrote a legal textbook on Shakespeare that is widely used in legal literature courses to this day.

Biographical information after this period is impossible to verify, except that Brune appears to have focused more on his legal career and writing for the last twenty years of his life. He died about 1940.

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Scope and Contents

The Clarence Marion Brune Papers are a collection of undated papers, manuscripts, and research notes written by Brune over the course of his life. There is no biographical information or correspondence in this collection. The two largest series are Drama, and Literature and Poetry.

The first series, Drama, boxes 1-2, is a collection of papers and notes written on the history and research of dramatic writers, figures, movements, and events in theatrical history. Brune wrote several papers and has extensive notes on Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, Tragi-Comedies, and the Elizabethan era of theater, among other topics.

The second series, Education, box 2, is a smaller collection of papers and notes written on the contemporary sociology of the education and schooling system.

The third series, Law, box 2, is a smaller collection of papers and notes written on legal histories and topics, including Brune's thesis from the Catholic University of America exploring the Roman laws of testaments.

The fourth series, Literature and Poetry, boxes 3-4, is a larger collection containing papers and notes written about literary figures, works, and periods of interest. Brune has several papers relating to his studies of Romanticism and Romantic figures and works, as well as Petrarch and Petrarch's influence.

The fifth series, Manuscripts, box 5, is a collection of two plays authored by Brune.

The sixth series, Religious Studies, box 5, is a collection of papers written on a variety of religious topics, mostly relating to cultural examinations of religious influence.

The seventh series, Science, box 5, consists of a single paper, written on Brune's study of ocular imagery.

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Arrangement

The Clarence Marion Brune Papers consists of 7 series:








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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Catholic University of America in 1943 by Brune's wife, Minnie Tittel Brune, after her husband's death.

Processing Information

PROCESSING INFORMATION

Processing completed in April 2011 by Lauren Kanne. EAD markup completed in April 2011 by Lauren Kanne.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Brune, Clarence Marion
Brune, Minnie Tittel

Places:
Washington, D.C.

Subjects:
Drama History and Criticism
Education
Elizabethan and Renaissance studies
Legal history
Poetry-- History and Criticism
Religion
Romantic Period
Scholarship
Shakespeare criticism


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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Drama, n.d. Boxes 1-2
This series contains manuscripts, notes, and research papers written by Brune regarding dramatic and theatrical topics.
Box Folder
1 1 Animals in Shakespeare, n.d.
  2 The Confidant as Portrayed by Shakespeare, n.d.
  3 Conventional Scenes in the Elizabethan Tragedy 1560-1594, n.d.
  4 Conventions of Greek and Elizabethan Drama, n.d.
  5 Drama and Tragedy, n.d.
  6 The Dramatic Art in its Relation to the Theory of Truth, n.d.
  7 The Dramatic Art of Cyril Tourneau, n.d.
  8 The Dramatic Art of Gabriele D'Annunzio, n.d.
  9 The Dramatic Art of Augier, n.d.
  10 Elizabethan Tragedy-of-Blood, n.d.
  11 The English Clown and the Italian Nanni, n.d.
  12 English Pastoral Drama, n.d.
  13 The Ethics of Greek Tragedy, n.d.
  14 Goldsmith and Sheridan- Plays, n.d.
  15 John Fletcher's Contribution to Tragedy and Tragi-Comedy after Beaumont, n.d.
  16 List of Domestic Tragedies, n.d.
  17 The Modern Theater in Europe, n.d.
  18 The Play Within the Play in Elizabethan Drama, n.d.
  19 Printer's Errors- Shakespeare, n.d.
  20 The Relation of the Puppet Plays to Goette's Faust, n.d.
  21 The "Returned Traveller" in English Dramatic Literature, n.d.
  22 Shakespeare Criticism, 1800-1830, n.d.
  23 The Shakespearean Tragedies of Ducis, n.d.
  24 Stage Directions in the Spoken Text of Shakespeare's Plays, n.d.
Box Folder
2 1 Steele and His Place in English Comedy, n.d.
  2 Tragi-Comedy, n.d.
  3 Vice on the English Stage, n.d.
  4 The Villain in English Tragedy Up to 1600, n.d.
  5 Witchcraft in English Dramas, 1600-1642, n.d.
  6 The Dramatic Art in its Relation to the Theory of Truth, n.d.
  7 The Dramatic Art of Cyril Tourneau, n.d.
  8 The Dramatic Art of Gabriele D'Annunzio, n.d.
  9 The Dramatic Art of Augier, n.d.
  10 Elizabethan Tragedy-of-Blood, n.d.
  11 The English Clown and the Italian Nanni, n.d.
  12 English Pastoral Drama, n.d.
                       
Series 2: Education, n.d. Box 2
This series contains several papers written by Brune on the topics of education and school systems.
Box Folder
2 6 Origin of University Degrees, n.d.
  7 Sociological and Commercial Aspects of Industrial Education, n.d.
  8 Some Practical Aspects of Education, n.d.
  9 Type Studies in Poetry for Secondary Schools, n.d.
                       
Series 3: Law, n.d. Box 2
This series contains several complete studies Brune wrote on legal topics, including his thesis from the Catholic University of America.
Box Folder
2 10 Cabinet Government of England, n.d.
  11 The Origin and History of Succession in Roman Law, n.d.
  12 A Study in the Roman Law of Testamentary, n.d.
                       
Series 4: Literature and Poetry, n.d. Boxes 3-4
This series contains manuscripts, notes, and research papers written by Brune regarding figures and topicsin the fields of literature, poetry, and literary criticism.
Box Folder
3 1 Angels and Demons of the Divine Comedy Compared with those of Paradise Lost, n.d.
  2 The Allegory of the Fairie Queens, n.d.
  3 Braggart Soldiers, n.d.
  4 A Comparison of Thomas Gray and Matthew Arnold as Elegiac Poets, n.d.
  5 Coleridge's Style and His Theories as to English Usage, n.d.
  6 Coleridge's View of Style, n.d.
  7 Criticism of Edgar Allen Poe, n.d.
  8 The Decline in the Use of Allegory in England and France, n.d.
  9 The Early Writings of Walt Whitman, n.d.
  10 Eckermann's "Gesprache mit Goethe", n.d.
  11 An Exposition of the Relation of Whitman's Philosophy to His Theory of Poetry, n.d.
  12 Grey's Place in the English Romantic Movement, n.d.
  13 Herder and His Relation to Romanticism, n.d.
  14 Influence of Keats upon the Early Poetry of Tennyson, n.d.
  15 The Influence of Petrarch in England, n.d.
  16 Influence of Petrarch in France, n.d.
  17 Influence of Petrarch in Italy, n.d.
  18 The Influence of Volney on Shelley, n.d.
  19 John Ford, n.d.
  20 The Life and Poetry of James Montgomery, n.d.
  21 Modernization of Chaucer, n.d.
  22 The Nature Poetry of Matthew Arnold, n.d.
Box Folder
4 1 Notes on the Influence of Milton in Eighteenth Century Poetry, n.d.
  2 Notes on the Philosophical Basis of the Romantic Movements, n.d.
  3 The Origin and Sources of the Arthurian Legends, n.d.
  4 Pastoral Elements in the Epics, n.d.
  5 Pepy's Diary in Relation to the Stage and Dramatic Literature of the Period, n.d.
  6 Petrarch as a Lyric Poet, n.d.
  7 Petrarch's Indebtedness as a Lyric Poet to his Predecessors, n.d.
  8 Poems of Thomas Chatterton, n.d.
  9 Poetical Tributes to Queen Elizabeth, n.d.
  10 The Poetry of Addison, n.d.
  11 Poetry of Thomas Hood, n.d.
  12 Poetry of Walter Savage Laudor, n.d.
  13 The Political Element in Spencer's Poetry, n.d.
  14 Religious Aspect of Poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites, n.d.
  15 Ruskin's Art Theory, n.d.
  16 Sidney as Lyric Poet, n.d.
  17 Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Introduction of Italian Influence into English Literature, n.d.
  18 Sources of Longfellow's Northern European Poetry, n.d.
  19 A Study of Richard Owen Cambridge's Theory of Mock-Heroic Poetry, n.d.
  20 A Study of the Works of Phineas Fletcher and Milton, n.d.
  21 A Study of Wordsworth's Sonnets, n.d.
  22 Thackeray's Verse, n.d.
  23 Unrestrained Freedom of a Blind Will, n.d.
  24 William Dunbar, n.d.
  25 Wordsworth as Sonnetteer, n.d.
                       
Series 5: Manuscripts, n.d. Box 5
This series contains two completed play manuscripts written by Brune, along with drafts and notes on those scripts.
Box Folder
5 1 The Appeal or Anti-Divorce, n.d.
  2 Jerusalem, the Holy City, n.d.
                       
Series 6: Religious Studies, n.d. Box 5
This series contains several incomplete and completed manuscripts and research papers with religious themes and religious cultural studies.
Box Folder
5 3 The Messianic Idea Before the Exile, n.d.
  4 Miracles of the Fourth Century, n.d.
  5 The Mormon People, n.d.
  6 Mithraism and Christianity, n.d.
  7 The Nature, the Origin, and the Authority of Conscience, n.d.
  8 Racial Purity of the Jews, n.d.
  9 Relation of the State and Charity, n.d.
  10 The Wandering Jew, n.d.
                       
Series 7: Science, n.d. Box 5
This series contains a single file on Brune's scientific study of ocular imagery.
Box Folder
5 11 Anomalous Visual Imagery, n.d.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Index Terms

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Drama, n.d.

Series 2: Education, n.d.

Series 3: Law, n.d.

Series 4: Literature and Poetry, n.d.

Series 5: Manuscripts, n.d.

Series 6: Religious Studies, n.d.

Series 7: Science, n.d.

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