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Literature, Open1

Date30 July – 14 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles, California
Participants18 from 8 countries
JudgeWilliam Lyon PhelpsUSA
JudgeThornton WilderUSA
JudgeHugh WalpoleGBR
JudgeAndré MauroisFRA

This time in 1932 there was only one category in the literature competition, although in the brochure three groups were mentioned. An artist could apply with … lyrical and descriptive works (e.g., song, ode, hymn, cantata, lyrical prose, essay, etc.), dramatic works (e.g., tragedy, drama, comedy, farce, libretto, Freilichtspiele , dialogue, scenario, etc.) and finally, epic works (e.g., novels, short stories, epic tales, etc), although the topic had to be on sports. The works were limited to no more than 20,000 words, and editors could not submit any works.

The jury included eminent writers such as William Lyon Phelps, Thornton Savage, Hugh Walpole and André Maurois. The catalogue only indicated that 18 artists participated with 18 exhibits from eight countries, and does not mention the title of the writings submitted, because the submissions arrived so late in Los Angeles that they could no longer be included in the catalog. The jury also came together very late. It cannot be determined when the prizes were distributed.

An Honorable Mention went to Avery Brundage, and it can be assumed that the jury wished to reward the President of the US Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and future IOC President. Brundage was a lifelong advocate of pure amateurism, which he described in his essay The Significance of Amateur Sport.

The gold medal was awarded to German adventurer and author Paul Bauer for The Struggle with the Himalaya. The Munich-based Bauer executed an expedition to Kangchenjunga in 1929, and climbed partway up the third-highest mountain on Earth, at 8,586 meters. The expedition reached 7,300 meters, followed in 1931 by a second expedition in which they reached the Ostsporn (7,756 meters). One mountaineer and one sherpa were seriously injured and died, while two other climbers died from diseases. Bauer had submitted eight chapters of the manuscript for his planned book titled On Kangchenjunga.

The silver medal went to Danish writer Josef Petersen for The Argonauts. Petersen wrote mostly about ancient and medieval motifs and was well-known for his knowledge of ancient cultures. He won all his Olympic art medals (1924, 1932 and 1948) with works on ancient Greek sports motifs. The example of his work submitted in Los Angeles was the Argonauts Saga, which appeared in book form in 1932. No bronze medal was awarded.

PosCat NrArtist(s)NOCTranslated TitleOriginal TitleTitle in Olympic Report or Catalogue
1Paul BauerGERAt the Kangehenzonga (The Struggle with the Himalayas)Am Kangehenzonga (Kampf um den Himalaya)Am Kangehenzonga (The Struggle with the Himalayas)Gold
2Josef PetersenDENThe ArgonautsArgonauterneThe ArgonautsSilver
HMAvery BrundageUSAThe Significance of Amateur SportThe Significance of Amateur SportThe Significance of Amateur Sport
ACMarinus BørupDEN
ACAnders HolmDEN
ACAlfred MeyerGER
ACAugust Hermann ZeizGER
ACJan FeithNEDDick and IDick en Ick
ACJan KanNEDSport as Happiness for LifeSport als Levensgeluk
ACGyörgy DorosHUNEthical and psychological problems of competitive sportsA versenysport eitikai és lélektani problémái
ACMiklós HodászyHUNHistory of the development of physical education in the capital of BudapestBudapest székesföváros testnevelés fejlödésének története
ACJózsef KucharikHUNThe Beautiful ChildA szép gyermek
ACOttó MisángyiHUNThe History of Modern AthleticsAz ujkori atlétika története
ACEmil NeidenbachHUNPhysical Education and ScienceTestnevelés és tudomány
ACBruno RoghiITA
ACAnders LundinSWE
ACMiroslav Bedřich BöhnelTCHFinishFiniš-
ACJack SterrettUSA