Autograph manuscript quotation, signed, in English, of the culminating portion of THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
Two pages, 10 inches x 8 inches, matted and framed with a portrait of Mann. Some archivally repaired tears on verso. Mann here has clearly written 47 lines containing most of the climactic paragraph from the chapter "Snow" (utilising Helen Lowe-Porter's English translation), beginning "I hereby declare that I have a prescriptive right to lie here and dream these dreams" until "For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts. -- And with this -- I awake". By his selection here Mann emphasized the centrality of these passages, and he later would point to this chapter "Snow" as the containing heart of what his novel concerned, writing "Perhaps you will read the book again....And perhaps you will find out what the Grail is: the knowledge and the wisdom, the consecration, the highest reward, for which ... the book itself is seeking. You will find it in the chapter called 'Snow,' where Hans Castorp, lost on the perilous heights, dreams his dream of humanity...." "The Making of The Magic Mountain," in "The Atlantic," January 1953. Mann gave his own manuscripts, and (with Einstein, Werfel, Lotte Lehmann, Elizabeth Bergman, and Emil Ludwig), signed an appeal for other manuscript donations at bond rallies in 1943-1945. Original manuscripts donated by the authors (including this one) were awarded as premiums to the largest purchasers of bonds. See "List of Manuscripts Awarded by the Book and Author War Bond Committee 1943-1946" (Jamaica, N.Y.: Book and Author War Bond Committee / Queens Borough Public Library, 1946) where our manuscript is mentioned.
(Inventory #: 29201)
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