Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Grab mss., 1941-1949, consist of letters from social philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, 1903-1969, to musician and longtime friend Hermann Grab. The letters are all in German and were sent from Adorno's southern California residences, first in Los Angeles (November 23, 1941), and then Santa Monica (the 1949 letters). Except for the first, which is handwritten, all are typed. Topics discussed include Adorno's introduction to Grab of University of Southern California Professor of Violin Anton Maaskoff; Adorno's current writings: Philosophie der neuen Musik, Kulturkritik und Gesellschaft, and Minima Moralia; Grab's health and heart condition; Adorno's apartment problems in Santa Monica; and Thomas Mann's book relating to the creation of his novel Doctor Faustus (Die Entstehung des Doktor Faustus).

Gift. Blanche Smullyan. Elka Park, NY 1998

Collection size: 6 items

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