Correspondence 1943-1955 by Theodor W. Adorno


By Theodor W. Adorno

In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a recognized letter to Adorno during which he formulated the primary of montage followed in his novel general practitioner Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to think about, with me, how one of these paintings and that i suggest Leverkhns paintings may perhaps kind of be virtually discovered. Their shut collaboration on questions about the personality of the fictitious composers putatively overdue works (Adorno produced particular sketches that are integrated as an appendix to the current quantity) successfully laid the root for one other alternate of letters.

The resulting correspondence among the 2 males files an extraordinary stumble upon of artistic stress among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up till the novelists demise in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann overtly said his interested analyzing of Adornos Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the Essay on Wagner, which he used to be as wanting to learn because the one within the e-book of Revelation consumes a publication which tastes as candy as honey. Adorno in flip provided unique observations upon and often enthusiastic commendations of Manns later writings, equivalent to The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own value, particularly the delicate dialogue of the issues of getting back from exile to postwar Germany.

The letters are commonly annotated and provide the reader special notes about the writings, occasions and personalities referred or alluded to within the correspondence.

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7–213). 25 M367 ADORNO-MANN TXT M/UP 19/5/06 2:27 PM Page 26 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary:Public:Gary's 4 The Institut für Sozialforschung, originally founded in Frankfurt in 1923, adopted this name when it was re-established in the United States. After the National Socialist seizure of power the institute was relocated initially in Geneva, and then in 1934 at Columbia University in New York. 5 See Letter 2, note 3, above. 6 Adorno is referring to the hectograph volume Walter Benjamin zum Gedächtnis [In Memory of Walter Benjamin], a ‘special number’ of the Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, which officially ceased publication in 1941.

1947 thomas mann 1550 SAN REMO DRIVE PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA 18 Dec. 1947. Dear Dr Adorno, I feel bound to tell you a little more about the symposium1 which has now appeared over a couple of issues of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and in particular certain complimentary remarks by Dr Schuh2 which I ought by rights to pass on to you. My only service is to have found a home for good things and instilled them into the soul of the composition. I must say that the literary circles in Switzerland have become quite excited in this connection.

Adorno, ‘Remarks on the First Publication of the Original Text’, GS 15, p. ). The original text, in an edition prepared by Adorno, eventually appeared in Munich in 1969 (see GS 15, pp. 7–143; Theodor W. Adorno and Hanns Eisler, Composing for the Films, ed. Graham McCann, London, 1994). 19 See Hans Mayer, Literatur der Übergangszeit: Essays (Berlin, 1949). In addition to the specific pieces entitled ‘Thomas Mann als bürgerlicher Schriftsteller’ (pp. 156–63) and ‘Thomas Manns Roman “Doktor Faustus” ’ (pp.

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