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Autograph draft of poem to Liese Karr
Zurich 1930 - Einstein, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph draft of an untitled poem in German, written to Liese Karr. 1 sheet, written on the back of a mimeographed slip, two lines canceled but legible. Zürich, 1930 (dated in pencil by Einstein’s secretary, Helen Dukas, in the upper right corner). Tear at vertical crease, small chip in one margin, but very good. A charming example of Einstein’s gift for light verse. In November 1930 Einstein visited Zürich to be fêted as a special guest of honor at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology—the famous ETH, where he had received his diploma in physics in 1900 and later served as professor of theoretical physics. Einstein’s host during his stay in Zürich was Frau Liese Karr, widow of a grain merchant distantly related to Einstein’s mother; Einstein had known the Karr family since his student days, when the Karrs had kept "a watchful but discreet eye" on him during his time at the ETH (Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times, p. 25). Einstein’s poem, thanking Frau Karr for her hospitality, appears to have been drafted on the day of his departure by train for Berlin. The poem can be translated as follows: Dear Liese, before I rush off I still send you this line I heard many Swiss citizens Who talked untiringly This celebration was not in vain For it filled up my purse Valiant men, true and worthy, Not for nothing sparkles their plumage Now that it’s all over Can I find rest again Now [ ] it’s enough Today at four my train leaves To you, however, full of regret I say farewell It was cozy at your house You, your cat, your child and your feast.
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