This complete edition of letters and documents between Arnold Schoenberg and Thomas Mann brings together two towering figures of twentieth-century music and literature, both of whom found refuge in Los Angeles during the Nazi era. Culminating in the famous dispute over Mann’s novel Doctor Faustus, the correspondence, diary entries, and related articles provide a glimpse inside the private and public lives of these two great artists, the outstanding figures of the German-exile community in California. In the thicket of the controversy was Theodor Adorno, then a budding philosopher, whose contribution to the Faustus affair would make enemies of both families. Gathered here for the first time in English, the letters in this essential volume are complemented by rich primary source materials and an introduction by Germanic scholar Adrian Daub that contextualizes the impact the artists had on twentieth-century thought and culture.
E. Randol Schoenberg, the grandson of the composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl and the winner of numerous awards in the field of litigation, is an expert in handling cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust.
Adrian Daub is Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Stanford University and the author of Four-Handed Monsters: Four-Hand Piano PlayingandNineteenth-Century Culture and Tristan's Shadow: Sexuality and the Total Work of Art after Wagner.
"This is a splendid collection of letters and documents by two of the major figures in twentieth-century culture, Arnold Schoenberg and Thomas Mann. It presents their correspondence and writings by their contemporaries about Mann’s novel Doctor Faustus, still one of the great literary investigations of music, creativity, and madness. An impressive achievement that should be useful to scholars across many fields."—Edward Dimendberg, Professor of Humanities and European Languages and Studies, University of California, Irvine
"The storied triangulation of Schoenberg, Mann, and Adorno in all its contentious glory, presented in the most comprehensive assemblage of primary documents ever gathered in English translation. Adrian Daub’s introduction on California as incubator for this controversy is essential reading."—Joy H. Calico, author of Arnold Schoenberg’s "A Survivor from Warsaw" in Postwar Europe