9 May 1948

Scope and Content

Letter sent from Hohenzollernstrasse, Berlin-Wannsee. Hausmann updates Morse on the progress of the Rilke handbook. He would like to have Morse's contribution by autumn that year. He would also like Morse to provide the section on Rilke's French poems, since Morse is both a scholar of Rilke, and a scholar of literature in the Romance languages. He complain about the style of Bassermann's 'Der Späte Rilke', and asks rhetorically when will German scholars learn to write simply and understandably? His daughter is better and enjoying the spring, but the political tensions, strongly felt in Berlin, give Hausmann cause for anxiety.