Biography and History

Wolfgang Alexander Luchting was born in 1927 in Munich, Germany. He studied at the University of Paris, Sorbonne (Paris, France), University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn), and the University of Munich (Munich, Germany). He received his Ph.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Munich in 1956. From 1956 to 1962, Luchting lived in Lima, Peru, and taught on a part-time basis at two universities in Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and Pontífica Universidad Católica.

In the early 1960s, Luchting began teaching at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio), where he was assistant professor of German Language and Literature. In 1965-1966, he assumed a teaching post in Spanish and German at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and in the fall of 1966, he began teaching Spanish and Comparative Literature at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he taught until he retired from teaching in 1993.

In 1961, Luchting began publishing his translations of Latin American authors (from Spanish into German) in Germany. He specialized in translating novelists and short story writers from countries of the Andean region and Chile, and has published German translations of works by Ciro Alegría, José María Arguedas, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Enrique Congrains Martín, Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Manuel Rojas, and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others.

Source: From the finding aid for C0793

  • Wolfgang A. Luchting Correspondence. 1958-1994 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0793

    Consists primarily of correspondence of Wolfgang Luchting (1927-1999), retired professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Washington State University (Pullman, Washington), with Latin American authors and German publishers. Miscellaneous manuscripts of Luchting, a small amount of papers of others, and printed material are included.