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A “Genius” and a “God”

Perhaps the only sign of my genius is the fact that my affairs are seldom in order. —Ludwig van Beethoven, in a letter to Franz Anton Hoffmeister, April 22, 1801   One of Beethoven’s forebears—his great-great-great-great grand­mother, if I counted correctly, one Josyne van Beethoven—was burned at the stake as a witch in the late […]

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