Theodor W. Adorno

German sociologist and philosopher, 1903-1969

Adorno was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the work of Freud, Marx and Hegel were essential to a critique of modern society. He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's foremost thinkers on aesthetics and philosophy, as well as one of its preeminent essayists. As a critic of both fascism and what he called the culture industry, his writings strongly influenced the European New Left.

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Adorno, Theodor W.

Philosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker und Komponist (1903-1969). Typed letter signed, with small autograph insertion. Frankfurt. 4to. 1 p. Gelocht. Leicht gebräunt.
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Letter to German philosopher Julius Schaaf, in full (roughly translated): "Here I will send you my opinion on the work of Molitor, which is essentially the same as yours. Since you have not given any note in the copy I have received, I thought it better to give the paper to you than to submit it to the dean at once. I would therefore like to ask you, then, that they have the kindness, it is easy to get together with yours and the dissertation, Mr. Kleiner. The thing I was able to read, unfortunately, not really fundamentally, but what I have seen of it, I was very happy.

The restraint in the verdict has no other reason than the fact that I have a special awe for mind-pains, and Molitor is now very much influenced by our things. That he, on the other hand, has not quite finished with himself, is also expressed in your opinion. But I can certainly congratulate you on such a doctoral student." Adorno adds a line of handwriting to the text. In fine condition, with a couple ink smudges..

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Adorno, Theodor W.

Philosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker und Komponist (1903-1969). 2 typed letters signed ("Th. W. Adorno"). Frankfurt a. M. Zusammen (½+½ =) 1 S. auf 2 Bll.
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To the sociologist and linguist Robert Picht (1937-2008) congratulating to his engagement (31. VII. 1962) and apologizing for the late respond (7. X. 1964; slightly wrinkled and with small tear in centerfold). - Each on stationery with printed letterhead.

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Adorno, Theodor W.

Philosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker und Komponist (1903-1969). Autograph dedication signed in: Philosophie der Neuen Musik. Frankfurt a. M. 204 SS. OLwd. mit Schutzumschlag. 8vo.
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Title page with autograph dedication to his long-standing friend, the sociologist and national economist Alfred Sohn-Rethel (1899-1990): "Meinem lieben Alfred | in alter Freundschaft | Teddy | Frankfurt, Juli 1958"; signed "Teddy". With some underlinings and marginalia.

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Adorno, Theodor W.

Philosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker und Komponist (1903-1969). 4 typed letters signed. Frankfurt a. M. Zusammen (1+1+1¼+1½ =) 4¾ SS. auf 4 Bll. Gr.-4to. Mit 1 ms. adr. Kuvert.
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In German, comprehensive letters to Martin Lutschewitz, about Adorno's fierce discussions with representatives of the musical 1950s youth movement. Adorno was accused of being too unfamiliar with the musical youth to be qualified to pronounce on it, and his "Dissonances" were a product of this debate. Here, he writes, in part: "The current situation in particular made your letter so especially meaningful to me, as my controversy with the so-called musical youth movement and the endlessly unfair behaviour of such people as Twittenhoff, Borries, and Wiora (as opposed to Doflein, with whom I conduct a constant and fruitful correspondence) has forced me into extremely pointed wording.

The discussion is about a fairly large piece, 'Critique of the Musicians', which will be broadcast in the Stuttgart evening programme on May 25 and again on June 1 [...]" (12 May 1956). - Each on headed paper; published in: s. b. - Full English translations available upon request..

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Adorno, Theodor W.

3 ms. Briefe mit e. U. („Th. W. Adorno“).
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Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969), Philosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker und Komponist. 3 ms. Briefe mit e. U. („Th. W. Adorno“). Frankfurt a. M. und Santa Monica, 1952 und 1953. Jeweils etwas mehr als eine halbe Seite auf 3 Bll. Gr.-4°. – An den Meinungsforscher und Germanisten Ernst Günther Riemschneider (1921–2002) in Berlin, den er an den in Köln lehrenden Politologen Jan Juriaan Schokking empfohlen hatte: „[...] Es tut mir leid, dass Sie von Schokking eine Absage erhalten haben. Was dahinter steht, weiss ich nicht; doch würde ich nicht verfehlen, ihm mitzuteilen, dass die Divo die Ihnen gemachten Vorwürfe nicht mehr aufrecht erhaelt [...] Von hier aus, über 6000 Meilen, kann ich nichts unternehmen, und darüber bin ich traurig. Im Institut bei uns halten Sie sich wohl am besten an Osmer, der Ihnen vielleicht wieder einmal etwas zuschanzen kann. Im übrigen dürfte Gurland, den ich in New York sah, jetzt in Berlin sein [...] Ich weiss, dass er Sie schaetzt [...]“ (a. d. Br. v. 14. November 1952). – Über eine Musikkritik von Hans Heinz Stuckenschmidt („mir erschien sie tückisch“, ebd.). – „[...] Wenn nichts Unvermutetes geschieht, bin ich am 7. Januar hier im Institut [...] Gehen Sie nur vorübergehend nach Amerika, oder handelt es sich um dauernde Pläne? [...]“ (Br. v. 22. Dezember 1953). – Riemschneider sollte sich im Jahr darauf dauerhaft in den USA niederlassen. – Zwei Briefe im linken Rand gelocht (keine Textberührung) und zwei auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf.