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HESSE, Hermann (1877-1962). German-born Swiss poet, novelist & painter.
Typewritten Letter Signed in German (signed in pencil 'H Hesse'), 1 page 8vo (two filing holes not affecting the text), to Herr [Johannes] von Guenther (name typed on the verso), no place, no date. Telling his correspondent that he possesses some of the Chekhov volumes they were discussing; mentioning that he had had an operation for appendicitis; and discussing the portrait (of himself) by O[ttilie] Roederstein.
'... The portrait from the year 1909 by O. Roederstein is a very beautiful work, but it was made in very unfavorable conditions. The picture was painted in Frankfurt where was on a visit and remained because of an appendix operation. I was mostly in bed when the portrait was painted. Also it was donee in a few very gloomy, lightless winter days, since I wanted to go home and did not want to delay. If you were to drive out here I could show you the original, which is in my possession. That's enough for today ... for people of my age spring is the most difficult season.'
The portrait in question is now in the Hesse-Archiv in Bern.
[No: 25430]


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