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By Theodor W. Adorno

In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a recognized letter to Adorno during which he formulated the main of montage followed in his novel physician Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to contemplate, with me, how the sort of paintings and that i suggest Leverkhns paintings may possibly kind of be virtually learned. Their shut collaboration on questions about the personality of the fictitious composers putatively overdue works (Adorno produced particular sketches that are incorporated as an appendix to the current quantity) successfully laid the foundation for one more alternate of letters.

The resulting correspondence among the 2 males records an extraordinary stumble upon of artistic pressure among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up until eventually the novelists dying in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann brazenly said his interested interpreting of Adornos Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the Essay on Wagner, which he was once as desirous to learn because the one within the booklet of Revelation consumes a e-book which tastes as candy as honey. Adorno in flip provided exact observations upon and regularly enthusiastic commendations of Manns later writings, corresponding to The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own importance, significantly the delicate dialogue of the issues of arriving from exile to postwar Germany.

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

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10 Adorno had met the musician Rudolf Kolisch (1896–1978), violinist and leader of the Kolisch Quartet, and a pupil of Schoenberg, during his period of study in Vienna. In 1935 Adorno and Kolisch had planned to bring out a collaborative work on the theory of musical reproduction. For the sections which Adorno himself wrote between 1946 and 1959, see Theodor W. Adorno, Nachgelassene Schriften, Vol. 2: Aufzeichnungen zu einer Theorie der musikalischen Reproduktion, ed. Henri Lonitz, Frankfurt am Main, 2001.

10 It is not possible to identify the particular individuals Adorno was alluding to here. 11 See Karl Jaspers, Die Schuldfrage [The Question of Guilt] (Heidelberg, 1946). Karl Jaspers (1883–1969) had been banned from teaching in Germany between 1937 and 1945 and had recently accepted a chair at the University of Basel in 1948. He used the relevant essay to introduce his ‘Lectures on the Spiritual Situation of Germany, Delivered [in Heidelberg] in the Winter Semester of 1945–1946’ (according to the preface of the published version).

Perhaps you could say something more about the – dual Genoese and Viennese? – background of your family, about your musicological and sociological studies, your relationship with Horckheimer,2 your earlier academic career in Frankfurt. – Just a few remarks would be sufficient if that is all right. Yours, Thomas Mann SOURCE: O: MS with printed letterhead; Theodor W. Adorno Archive, Frankfurt am Main. Fp: DüD, p. 436. 1 See Thomas Mann, Die Entstehung des Doktor Faustus: Roman eines Romans (Amsterdam, 1949); English translation: The Story of a Novel: The Genesis of Doctor Faustus, trans.

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