James Hardin receives German-American Friendship Award
The prestigious German-American Friendship Award was presented to Dr. James Hardin Friday at The Citadel. The presentation was made in Mark Clark Hall by Dr. Andreas Zimmer, deputy consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Hardin, who taught German and comparative literature at the University of South Carolina for 29 years, has donated more than 1,100 volumes of his personal library to The Citadel’s Daniel Library. The Hardin collection includes 16th and 17th century German literature, the German baroque novel and descriptive bibliography and has been an invaluable addition to the library.
Hardin was recognized for his contribution to German-American relations as a scholar and a publisher. He is the author of numerous articles on modern and 17th century literature and of three books on Baroque literature. He edited or coedited 17 volumes on German literature in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, a work that provides the most detailed biographical and bibliographical information on German literature in English. He received the Russell Award for scholarship in 1976.
In 1979 Hardin co-founded Camden House, a publishing business that to date has published more than 350 books on German literature and culture. It is considered the most significant imprint dealing with German literature in the English-speaking world, and has published works by leading scholars worldwide.
Hardin’s first direct experience in Germany came in 1960-61 when he was named a Fulbright Scholar to the Free University of Berlin. He visited the country again as an Alexander von Humboldt scholar in 1973-74 when he worked with renowned Renaissance-Baroque scholar, Hans-Gert Roloff.
In his remarks, Zimmer emphasized the fact that the German Friendship Award highlights individuals in this country who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the cause of German-American friendship. He pointed especially to the importance of the publication of German literature in English.
Hardin and his wife, Anne, live on Spring Island, S.C.