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#716 - Romain Rolland

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Rolland reflects on two of Goethe’s works—Elective Affinities and Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
Description                           Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000          

ALS in French, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8.5, February 4, 1929. Letter to Maurice Delamain of the Stock publishing house, in part [translated]: “I thank you for having sent me a new copy of Goethe’s letters to Mrs. Von Stein. ‘Elective Affinities’ would certainly be a very interesting book to publish even if in Goethe’s work of this time, who was in full command of his intelligence, the sap of sentiment began to congeal. But has anyone ever accomplished a good translation of ‘Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship’? You find therein a flow of ‘poesy and trueness.’ Especially the first books are extremely beautiful, fresh, spontaneous and abundant with emotion and observation—all of which appears to me unique in Goethe’s oeuvre (if you don’t count his unparalleled poems, of course). I am convinced that this novel would be a discovery for the French public.—You wanted to talk to me about Ernest Tharaud. Please allow me to answer you confidentially. I have loved Ernest Tharaud (his brother) a lot and I cherish a loving memory of the years of intense friendship he is rendering somewhat imperfectly in his book on Peguy. For him as well as for me, these have been difficult years, and we used to help one another then. He has showed me complete confidence—and I him. You cannot forget something like that. This has made his remoteness and his silence of the last fourteen years when I was exposed to such hostilities all the more incomprehensible to me. Fourteen years of silence are an ordeal. Afterwards, you do not recognize the people and their emotions as you had known them previously. The affection might still be there, but the trust is broken. Under these circumstances, it is quite difficult to resume an interrupted conversation. One cannot talk to each other without remembering all this at the back of one’s mind. Furthermore, for fourteen years each of us has moved on. I fear that our paths have diverged a lot. This is why I don’t think it would be advisable that we see each other again. But I would happily embrace the occasion and ask you to let Ernest Tharaud know that I am still very grateful for his former friendship.” Stamped with a Librairie Stock of Paris postmark. In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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