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One could do really quite something through the addition of two dozen photographs to a work of this nature. The changing styles of the royal portraits in Mesopotamia and Egypt are an eye-opener for the spiritual development; they reveal subtleties that cannot be caught by the literary texts and their interpretation. (Letter 67) Finally, in a letter dated December 29, 1956, from Frankfurt am Main, Voegelin remarked on the pressure of affairs, assured Heilman that his Guggenheim appraisal of him (a copy of which he enclosed) had gone to the foundation in due time, and reported on his negotiations concerning a position in Munich.
Beneath appearances—the decreasing number of letters exchanged, the “thinning” of the friendship, as Heilman put it—ran the deep and abiding friendship founded at LSU and nourished, thereafter, more by letters than by the infrequent face-to-face meetings. In 1975, Eric wrote to Bob, “It was a great pleasure to have you all here for X-mas. With you here, I was just reminiscing, and having seen the [Robert] Harrises in November in Charlottesville, and having letters from Cleanth Brooks, Louisiana was not such a bad place at all.
10 Robert B. Heilman and Eric Voegelin and admiration appears in a letter of 1964: “May I venture a question both humble and impertinent? Could you come to Munich, not only to visit with us, but also to give a talk to our students? They have heard about you, as you can imagine, and would appreciate it greatly to see you in the flesh and to have you for a discussion” (Letter 92). After Heilman had lectured to Voegelin’s seminar, Voegelin reported: And now, most important, your lectures. They were greatly appreciated by the students and the staff of the Institute.
Robert B. Heilman and Eric Voegelin: A Friendship in Letters, 1944-1984 by Charles R. Embry