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Collection of 69 letters, postcards and other documents by Hermann Hesse to his sisters Adele (Adis) Gundert and Marie, his brother-in-law Hermann Gundert and to Gertrud Hanßum-Gundert, adopted daughter of Adele and Hermann.
Montagnola, Zurich, Sils-Maria, 1914-1962. - A total of 87½ pp. on 84 ff. 4to und (oblong) (large) 8vo. 12 of the letters include an original watercolour by Hermann Hesse. Includes 5 additional letters by Adele Hesse, Bruno Hesse and Ninon Hesse to the Gundert family. Extensive, substantial collection of letters (mostly autobiographical) to his closest relations, hitherto entirely unpublished. Hesse gives lengthy accounts of his life and work, also remarking on his personal feelings and states of mind. Less than two weeks after the death of Thomas Mann, he writes: "It is a great loss. There are newer and younger friends, but no more old comrades and companions like him" (to Gertrud, letter dated 25 Aug. 1955). Furthermore, he recounts an amusing episode with a reader (no. 7, to Adele, February 1940), discussses other writers ("the poet Poe is one of the few great American poets of ther 19th century" (no. 27, to Gertrude, 1952) and even his own creative work (cf. his letters to Marulla, 1932, or no. 41, to Gertrud, postmarked 24 Feb. 1957). - A detailed list ist available upon request.
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