THOMAS MANN - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 06/08/1950 - HFSID 156288
Sale Price $850.00
Form letter thanking recipients for gifts regarding his 75th birthday
Printed Note Signed in Ink: "Thomas Mann", 5¾x4 card. Zürich, 1950 June 8. In German, not translated. Form letter thanking recipients for good wishes, kind thoughts, flowers and gifts on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Mann, who was overwhelmed by the outpouring, asks recipients to accept the form letter as a personal acknowledgement of their thoughtfulness. Handwritten postscript (in English): "Sorry, no pictures with me". Lightly soiled. Fine condition. Accompanied by original envelope, 6¼x4½. Addressed by Mann to: "Mr. Seymour Wishnefsky/ 2150 N. 3rd Street/Milwaukee, Wisc./U.S.A." Swiss stamp affixed, postmark illegible. Lightly creased and soiled, stained on verso. Overall, fine condition. Thomas Mann (1875-1955), a German author and essayist who lived in Switzerland and the U.S. after Hitler came to power, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. His best known works include Buddenbrooks (1901), Death in Venice (1912) and The Magic Mountain (1924). Mann, who would die in Zürich in 1955, first moved to Switzerland in 1933. He became an American citizen in 1940, living in Santa Monica, California from 1941-1953. Although he had received the Goethe Prize Weimar (East Germany) and Frankfurt (West Germany) the year before he signed this letter, Mann declined to return to his native Germany, settling permanently in Switzerland after leaving the U.S. Two items.
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