By Theodor W. Adorno
In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a well-known letter to Adorno during which he formulated the main of montage followed in his novel general practitioner Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to 'consider, with me, how any such paintings - and that i suggest Leverkuhn's paintings - may perhaps roughly be essentially realized'. Their shut collaboration on questions in regards to the personality of the fictitious composer's 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 come across of artistic pressure among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up till the novelist's loss of life in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann brazenly said his 'fascinated analyzing' of Adorno's Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the 'Essay on Wagner', which he used to be as wanting to learn as 'the one within the publication of Revelation consumes a publication which tastes "as candy as honey"'. Adorno in flip provided designated observations upon and often enthusiastic commendations of Mann's later writings, similar to The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own importance, particularly the delicate dialogue of the issues of coming back from exile to postwar Germany.
The letters are broadly annotated and provide the reader targeted notes about the writings, occasions and personalities referred or alluded to within the correspondence.
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My wife’s health is a little better. Unfortunately, I have not composed a great deal. ). Perhaps I can continue it here (we have only been in Vienna for three days). 25 I have not yet seen Morgenstern. 5 Pass on our warmest greetings to your dear esteemed lady mother & aunt. 7 It’s Stravinsky, he’s grown himself a lad’s ponytail! Schönberg is composing diligently: chamber suite and choral pieces8 (own and Chinese texts) Original: manuscript with sender stamp. ) are taken apart, producing a chorale melody in minims which, presented by Bombardon (604–35), forms the basis for the melodramatic parody of a sermon.
E. through the conductors, who may miss the mark! e. through composers and aestheticians of my sort! – that the work’s truth can become visible. One therefore has all the less reason to be cross with Kleiber. Although I am a trifle jealous that he is allowed to conduct Wozzeck, whose beauty transcends his sphere. Did you send a correction citing press law to the Berliner Tageblatt? 8 – I am not polite enough to think that he did so out of stupidity. 34 I still spent much time with your friend Schmid,9 and got on very well with him.
And set to work, my head and limbs already afflicted with pains which, in the manner of influenza, became so intense that I had to retire to bed and could only get up once more, by no means recovered, for a few hours today. There will therefore – regrettably! – be an inevitable delay of a few days. I have now begun once more, but with severe inhibitions. I am seeking to free myself of you in defending myself against the grave charges which your letter, albeit implicitly, but clearly enough to me, levels at me – charges which, to anticipate this point immediately, appear to arise from tactical-literary concerns, but which, according to their objective final intention, are of a more radical and moral nature.