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    Papers Towards a Memoir of Thomas Mann

    [Thomas Mann]. Working Papers of Hilde Reach for Her Memoir of Thomas Mann. Correspondence, Photos, and Typescripts. 1952 -1980. A unique German language archive.
    Mrs. Hilde Reach [previously Hilde Kahn] was Thomas Mann's secretary during his "Exile" in California in the 1940s. Even after his move to Zurich in 1952 and his eventual death in 1955, she remained a friend to both him and his family. These are some of the letters and papers she used while working on her apparently unpublished memoir of her time with Thomas Mann, to have been titled Lustig ist das Emigrantenleben. Als Sekretaerin bei Thomas Mann und andreren Maennern or, in translation, Cheerful is the Emigrant's Life. As a Secretary to Thomas Mann and Other Men.
    The majority of the original letters present in this lot are from Thomas Mann's wife Katia to Hilde Reach, which include eleven TLS, seven ALS, and one postcard, dating from 1952 to 1975. Also included is a printed black-bordered notice of Katia's death in 1980 with a note from their son, Golo Mann. Most letters are in their original envelopes, few with stamps cut out. There are transcribed and photocopied letters present, including eight from Thomas Mann and twenty more from Katia; as well as unsigned typed letters from Hilde, one to Thomas and two to Katia. There are 132 pages from her memoir Lustig ist das Emigranetenleben..., most of which are photocopies of corrected pages. The pages are numbered 1-103, 108-137, and come with numerous of out of sequence sections, some in a folder marked as "New Manuscript". Included are four copies of Hilde's twenty-one page speech on Thomas Mann, given in Wuppertal, Bonn in 1997; six small two by two inch photos of Mann's house and family; a variety of stamps, some with Mann's likeness, and other papers regarding his legacy.
    Pages with light edge wear, letters with fold wear, some creases, paper clips and rust stains from paper clip usage. A fascinating collection in very good condition, all housed in an archival box.


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    November, 2015
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