COMPLETE Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann - icequeen

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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 4:11 pm

Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann (1875 - 1955), translated by Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter (1876 - 1963)

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/buddenbrooks-by-thomas-mann/


Volunteers outside the USA: Thomas Mann died in 1955. This person's work may still be protected by copyright in countries where copyright duration is determined by the author's death date. In Europe this is 70 years; in Canada it is 50 years; and in Australia it is 70 years for authors who died after 1955.

Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter died in 1963. This person's work may still be protected by copyright in countries where copyright duration is determined by the author's death date. In Europe this is 70 years; in Canada it is 50 years; and in Australia it is 70 years for authors who died after 1955.

When Thomas Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1929), the citation made special mention of his first novel, “Buddenbrooks,” published in 1901, describing it as “the first great novel of the 20th century.”

Events in the novel center on the Buddenbrook family, bourgeois owners of a wholesale grain enterprise in the northern German city of Lübeck. (The city is never named as such, but detailed references to landmarks leave no doubt that the setting is closely based on Mann’s hometown, just as the story is inspired by the Mann family history.) We follow four generations of Buddenbrooks through the middle decades of the 19th century. The novel is subtitled “The Decline of a Family.” This “decline” occurs through subtle interplay of character and circumstance. Family members — individuals each with their own romantic, social, and artistic interests — struggle to adapt to the expectations of the “family firm” and to the evolving conditions of German society in the 1800s.

Mann views his characters with both irony and intense empathy, propelling the reader’s journey through this momentous narrative. (Summary by Bruce Pirie)
Source text (please read only from this text!): https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015015384889&view=1up&seq=1&skin=2021 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015015389532&view=1up&seq=1&skin=2021

Target completion date: 2022-11-30

Prooflistening level: Standard
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This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.

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[*]Project Code: px8M5d3J
[*]Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Mann (Thomas Mann)
[*]Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddenbrooks
[*]Number of sections (files) this project will have: 99
[*]Does the project have an introduction or preface: No
[*]Original publication date (if known): 1901
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Genres for the project: Literary Fiction

Keywords that describe the book: family, Germany, nineteenth century, realism, artistic, Hanseatic League, irony, bourgeois, generations, Lubeck, family business

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LibriVox recording settings: mono (1 channel), 44100 Hz sample rate, 128 kbps constant bit rate MP3. See the Tech Specs

Intro to recording:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.

For the first section, say:
"Section # of Buddenbrooks. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org. Read by Bruce Pirie. Buddenbrooks,The Decline of a Family, by Thomas Mann, translated by Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter. Part #, Chapter #."
For the second and subsequent sections, you may use the shortened intro if you wish:
"Section # of Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann, translated by Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter. This LibriVox recording is in the public domain. Read by Bruce Pirie. Part #, Chapter #."
End of recording:
Say:
"End of section #."
If you are recording the final section of the book, add:
"End of Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann, translated by Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter."
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end.

Filename: buddenbrooks_##_mann_128kb.mp3 where ### is the section number. (e.g. buddenbrooks_001_mann_128kb.mp3)

Upload to the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader

MC to select: icequeen

Copy and paste the file link generated by the uploader into the relevant Listen URL field in the Section Compiler, enter the duration in the Notes field, and post in this thread to let your PL and MC know that you have uploaded a file. You may also post the file link in the thread.
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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 4:14 pm

On the question of “Public Domain”

The project generator has inserted (in red, at the top) the generic caution about public domain. It talks about what “may” be the case, i.e., “…may still be protected….” This may make some people anxious and uncertain.

Just to clarify, what follows is my understanding of how “Public Domain” applies to this book. (I trust that an MC will either confirm this, or set me straight!)

• This English translation was published in 1924. That puts the text clearly in Public Domain for the USA.
• Here in Canada, where the rule is “death+50 years”, the book is also PD. (Mann died in 1955; the translator in 1963.)
• However, in places where the rule is “death+70”, the book is definitely not PD. My understanding is that we can go ahead and record the text, without the participation of anyone from “death+70” jurisdictions.

Bruce

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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 4:22 pm

On the question of dates

If anyone is looking closely enough, they may discover some puzzling discrepancies in the reported publication and translation dates.

In the early printings, the translator's little Preface says that the original German book was published in "1902." That is not correct: it was 1901. This was corrected in later printings.

Also, in the version of the text that I link to above, it says this translation was first published in "1922." Again, this is a typo in this early edition. I've checked it carefully: the translation came out in 1924.

Bruce

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Post by icequeen » October 2nd, 2021, 5:56 pm

I can MC this one for you, Bruce! Back in a moment with your MW!
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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 6:03 pm

Thanks!
Bruce

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Post by icequeen » October 2nd, 2021, 6:08 pm

OK, your MW is ready for you!

So, to answer your concerns about the PD'ness of this book. You are absolutely correct, this book is in the public domain here in the US, and it looks like it is also in the public domain in Canada as well. So, we are good on those two points, and any perspective DPL will see the read letters above and will know whether they can proof listen for this project or not. The issue that I have is with your text source. I am not comfortable with "scans" coming from India. These are questionable at best. So, I went scrounging around the internet to see if I could come up with a better source. There is a scan of a 1924 copy on Hathi Trust. It appears to be the actually, real book, unlike the one at archive. Check it out, and if you would like to change to that source, then we can do that. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015015384889&view=1up&seq=1&skin=2021
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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 7:23 pm

icequeen wrote:
October 2nd, 2021, 6:08 pm
Check it out, and if you would like to change to that source, then we can do that. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015015384889&view=1up&seq=1&skin=2021
Sure, no problem. That link leads to Volume 1, but I see they also have Volume 2 there. The first English translation came out in two different packages: a two-volume version and a cheaper single volume. Same text, just different price points for the consumer. This mirrors how the original German versions came out.

So, I guess I leave that to you to change the text link in the first post?

Bruce

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Post by icequeen » October 2nd, 2021, 7:48 pm

Done, and pasted volume 2 as well!
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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 8:28 pm

Thanks, Ann.

Now I have to confess that I miscounted the # of sections. :oops: I've just discovered that I actually need 100 sections (not 99). So, Ann, could you please add one more section to the MW?

Thanks,
Bruce

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Post by icequeen » October 2nd, 2021, 8:34 pm

beeber wrote:
October 2nd, 2021, 8:28 pm
Thanks, Ann.

Now I have to confess that I miscounted the # of sections. :oops: I've just discovered that I actually need 100 sections (not 99). So, Ann, could you please add one more section to the MW?

Thanks,
Bruce
Easy, peasy! Done, but we will have to use three numbers for the file names. buddenbrooks_###_mann_128kb
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Post by beeber » October 2nd, 2021, 8:35 pm

Got it! Thanks.

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Post by icequeen » October 4th, 2021, 1:15 pm

Moving on to Going Solo!
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Post by beeber » October 4th, 2021, 1:55 pm

icequeen wrote:
October 4th, 2021, 1:15 pm
Moving on to Going Solo!
OK.... Hope a proof-listener shows up soon.

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Post by icequeen » October 4th, 2021, 3:47 pm

They will! Feel free to start recording and uploading to my folder. If things stay light, as far as my PL'ing load goes, I will listen until someone takes pity on us.
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Post by beeber » October 5th, 2021, 1:51 pm

Let's get started!
Section 1 is ready for PL.
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