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Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 2 Side A -- Letters I

Identifier

MC298-5-1-003a

Title

Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 2 Side A -- Letters I

Description

Sullivan reads several letters from Annemarie Schwarzenbach written from the Belgium Congo, Lisbon, Portugal and Morocco during 1941 and 1942.

Date

1941-1942

Language

English

Coverage

Morocco, Angola, Belgian Congo, Lisbon, Portugal

Subject

Letters written by Annemarie Schwarzenbach to Carson McCullers during 1941 and 1942. Schwazenbach was traveling in Africa during this time and describes what she was seeing to McCullers, as well as discussing literature, finances, their relationship, and her hopes for the future.

Transcription

Sullivan reads several letters from Annemarie Schwarzenbach written from the Belgium Congo, Lisbon, Portugal and Morocco during 1941 and 1942. Annemarie discusses her relationship with McCullers as “a bitter, loving fight”. “You have suffered from me.” She also talks about her reactions to being in the Belgian Congo and traveling along the rivers, lakes and forests of the country. She also mentions her reaction to Carson’s Reflections in a Golden Eye, refers to Klaus and Erika [Mann], her own divorce, to a visit of Carson to Columbus, money worries, her gratitude for Carson’s letters and cables, her views on writing and on book, her “last bad time in New York”, her isolation, death and eternity, hopes to see Carson in Mexico “or where ever” after the war, of having Carson translate her book, as she hopes to translate Reflections [Reflections in a Golden Eye]. One letter is dated March 20, 1942 from the boat sailing from Angola to Lisbon, and concerns a recent serious illness of Caron, finishing her novel, dealing with “the unpleasant atmosphere, the small colony circle”, her decision to leave Leopoldville and return to Lisbon, hoping to return to Switzerland or perhaps London and continuing her anti-Fascist efforts, “your last book was pure, almost perfect”, and finally from Morocco.in June of 1942.

Original Format

Cassette Tape

Duration

00:27:22

Files

MC298-5-1-003a_streaming.mp3
MC298-5-1-003a_AssetFront.JPG

Citation

“Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 2 Side A -- Letters I,” Columbus State University Archives, accessed November 15, 2019, http://digitalarchives.columbusstate.edu/items/show/1912.

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