Lot 708: Interesting archive of correspondence between the Mann family and Doris Dana, the long-time companion of Gabriela Mistral, comprising three TLSs by Thomas Mann, one ALS by his daughter Katia Mann, three ALSs and four typed manuscripts by his daughter Monika Mann, handwritten notes by Dana, and an assortment of related ephemera.The TLSs are all in English, signed "Thomas Mann," each one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, dated from 1946 to 1948. The first, August 27, 1946, in part: "I want to express to you, though belatedly, my appreciation of the excellent English translation of the article by Gabriela Mistral. I was deeply moved and surprised about the truly generous warm-heartedness with which this woman comments on my work and existence. Strangely enough: nowadays it is not seldom that people write about me in this tone and style to which I formerly was hardly used. It proves that one only has to persist long enough and people will begin to realize what one means to them." The second, November 1, 1946, in part: "It is amazing that Mahler's musical personality is so completely expressed in these early compositions. The reproduction is excellent, and even the German pronunciation of the singer leaves hardly anything to desire…I am working hard on my novel [Doctor Faustus] which, if I stay well, I hope to finish in the first months of the coming year." The third, March 21, 1948, in part: "Many thanks for your kind letter and the informations about Gabriela Mistral…I am looking forward to having her as a guest in our home."The balance includes the letters by his daughters, which include a thank-you letter and an invitation. The four typed manuscripts by Monika include short stories entitled 'Betsy,' 'Circus,' 'Pet Tells His Story,' and 'Racine on the Chief.' Dana's handwritten notes total twelve pages and were taken at Mann's lectures, and other material including a ticket stub from a lecture, a flyer, a receipt, and a typed seating list for a dinner honoring Mann. In overall fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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