Autograph manuscript, signed, in English, quoting 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 in English 47 lines containing most of the climactic paragraph from the chapter "Snow" (using Helen Lowe-Porter's 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 considered "The Magic Mountain" his greatest novel. Original manuscripts donated by the authors (including this one) were awarded as premiums at rallies to the largest purchasers of war 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. It was Lowe-Porter's translations that, for the most part earned Mann distinction as one of the world's greatest writers, particularly during the years after 1938 when he was not published in Germany.
(Inventory #: 29201)
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