Lot 301: Theodor Adorno

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2015-07-27 11:42:58

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Lot 301: German sociologist, philosopher, and musicologist (1903–1969) known for his critical theory as a leading member of the Frankfurt School. Four TLSs in German to Martin Lutschewitz, three signed "Th. W. Adorno" and one signed "Theodor W. Adorno," totaling six pages, 8.25 x 11.5, personal letterhead, dated between 1955 and 1960. One letter, in part (translated): "Perhaps the current situation made your letter so especially meaningful to me since my debate with the so-called musical movement and the endlessly unfair behavior of such people as Twittenhoff, Borries, and Wiora (as opposed to Doflein, with whom I carry on a constant and fruitful correspondence) has forced me into extremely pointed wording. The discussion is about a fairly large piece, 'Critique of the Musician,' which will be broadcast in the Stuttgart evening program on May 25 and again on June 1." In overall fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds. Accompanied by one original mailing envelope and full English translations for all letters. Adorno was accused of being too unfamiliar with the musical youth to have the right to judge it, and he had ongoing dialogues with his fellow academic musicologists, who he mentions—Erich Dolfein, Walter Wiora, Siefried Borris, and Wilhelm Twittenhoff. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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