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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 130

Bertolt Brecht correspondence with Karl Korsch


Correspondence of German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht with Marxist theoretician Karl Korsch concerning books, other German political exiles, the Council for a Democratic Germany (N.Y.), as well as family and other personal matters.


  • Creation: 1934-1954

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Chiefly Korsch's correspondence, 1934-1948, with Brecht (17 items) and typed copies of Brecht's writings such as Die Tage der Kommune and Die Proletarische Dialektik. Also includes a photocopy of the Communist Manifesto annotated by Brecht; 3 letters from Helene Weigel to Korsch, 1945; and photo album entitled Die Kriegsbibel. Letters of Brecht (written mostly from Santa Monica, Calif. and Zurich) comment on books he was reading and his writing; other German political exiles; views on the Council for a Democratic Germany (N.Y.); and family and other personal matters. Papers are in German.

Biographical / Historical

Brecht was a German dramatist and poet. Karl Korsch was a Marxist theoretician.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Works and miscellaneous papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-233. Purchased with the Coolidge Fund from Karl Korsch; received: 1958 December 29.

Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Bertolt Brecht correspondence with Karl Korsch: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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