Lot 669: Austrian author (1886–1951) considered one of the major modernists and remembered for his 1945 novel The Death of Virgil, which he began writing while imprisoned in a concentration camp after the Anschluss in 1938. Interesting archive of eight letters in German or English, all signed with his initials, either "H" or "HB," comprising two ALSs and six TLSs, totaling nine pages on sheets and postcards of various sizes, dated from 1946 to 1950. All are to musical scholar Viktor Zuckerkandl and contain extensive ruminations on the humanities and various novels. One letter, dated November 29, 1950, in part (translated): "From the clear blue hell two novels dropped into my lap—one is finished, thank God—and thus everything else which I consider more important (epistemology, politics) has been shifted to the background. And apart from this, everything in this world appears to me unimportant and precarious. One can no longer work for eternity, for we have left it behind. And as I am silly enough to be depressed by this fact more than would be adequate, my physical condition is also somewhat un-brilliant. My bouts of tiredness are rather abnormal and I battle them with vitamins, hormones, iron, calcium preparations, sometimes not altogether without success." In overall very good to fine condition. Accompanied by five original mailing envelopes.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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