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'Begun during their joint exile in California and ending with Mann's death just a few days before a long-postponed reunion inpost-war Europe, this correspondence between the twentiethcentury's most brilliant philosopher of modernism and thelegendary German representative of modernist fiction is asurprisingly moving document to their mutual respect andadmiration, closeness and distance, guarded intimacy and strikingintellectual affinities. Carefully annotated, these letters offerus a treasure trove of deeply personal exchanges about eachman's works, while brimming with shared insights intopost-war German culture and the Mc Carthy years in the United States.'

-- Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University

'Adorno had been a lifelong, if at times uneasy, admirer of Thomas Mann's genius. The invitation by Mann to become a technicaland historical adviser for the musicology and philosophy of musicin Mann's Doctor Faustus put Adorno near the centre ofshared exile in California. It also entailed a bitter conflict with Schoenberg. Adorno was caught in the middle. These letters documentnot only a fascinating intellectual encounter, but an instance ofcreative collaboration rare in literary history.'

-- George Steiner, Churchill College, Cambridge

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'Begun during their joint exile in California and ending with Mann's death just a few days before a long-postponed reunion inpost-war Europe, this correspondence between the twentiethcentury's most brilliant philosopher of modernism and thelegendary German representative of modernist fiction is asurprisingly moving document to their mutual respect andadmiration, closeness and distance, guarded intimacy and strikingintellectual affinities. Carefully annotated, these letters offerus a treasure trove of deeply personal exchanges about eachman's works, while brimming with shared insights intopost-war German culture and the Mc Carthy years in the United States.'

-- Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University

'Adorno had been a lifelong, if at times uneasy, admirer of Thomas Mann's genius. The invitation by Mann to become a technicaland historical adviser for the musicology and philosophy of musicin Mann's Doctor Faustus put Adorno near the centre ofshared exile in California. It also entailed a bitter conflict with Schoenberg. Adorno was caught in the middle. These letters documentnot only a fascinating intellectual encounter, but an instance ofcreative collaboration rare in literary history.'

-- George Steiner, Churchill College, Cambridge
Editors' Note.

Correspondence 1943-1955.

Appendix: Adorno's Notes and Sketches for Doctor Faustus.

Index
In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a famous letter to Adorno inwhich he formulated the principle of montage adopted in his novel Doctor Faustus. The writer expressly invited the philosopher toconsider, with me, how such a work and I mean Leverkhns work couldmore or less be practically realized. Their close collaboration onquestions concerning the character of the fictional composersputatively late works (Adorno produced specific sketches which areincluded as an appendix to the present volume) effectively laid thebasis for a further exchange of letters.

The ensuing correspondence between the two men documents a rareencounter of creative tension between literary tradition andaesthetic modernism which would be sustained right up until thenovelists death in 1955. In the letters, Thomas Mann openlyacknowledged his fascinated reading of Adornos Minima Moralia andcommented in detail on the Essay on Wagner, which he was as eagerto read as the one in the Book of Revelation consumes a book whichtastes as sweet as honey. Adorno in turn offered detailedobservations upon and frequently enthusiastic commendations of Manns later writings, such as The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence also touchesupon issues of great personal significance, notably the sensitivediscussion of the problems of returning from exile to postwar Germany.

The letters are extensively annotated and offer the readerdetailed notes concerning the writings, events and personalitiesreferred or alluded to in the correspondence.
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