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Goethe’s Homecoming

The Weimar Edition at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles

For the German version click here.

Fig. 1: Bookcase in the salon
Fig. 2: Reading corner in the master bedroom
Fig. 3: “Goethe corner in the study”
Fig. 4: The volumes of the Weimar edition
Fig. 5: Mann’s volumes of the Weimar edition as arranged today at the Thomas Mann House

Mit sich selbst zu Rathe gehn,

Immer wird’s am besten stehn:

Gern im Freien, gern zu Haus,

Lausche da und dort hinaus

Und controlire dich für und für,

Da horchen alt und jung nach dir.

Deliberating with one’s self –

There is no better course of action:

Go abroad, stay at home,

Turn your ears in every direction

And always observe yourself,

Then old and young will pay attention

Ich habe gar nichts gegen die Menge;

Doch kommt sie einmal in’s Gedränge,

So ruft sie, um den Teufel zu bannen,

Gewiß die Schelme, die Tyrannen.

I have nothing at all against the crowd;

But as soon as there’s a jostle and crush,

It will surely, to keep the devil out,

Send for the pranksters, the autocrats.

Fig. 6: Markings and underlinings by Thomas Mann in the Weimar edition: Charlotte Kestner’s account of her meeting with Goethe in September 1816

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www.vatmh.org | Residency center and space for transatlantic debate in Los Angeles, California.