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200 × 130 mm
176 pages
32 illustrations
01 Mar 2019
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Thomas Mann Herbert Lehnert, Eva Wessell

Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, social critic and philanthropist, Thomas Mann (1875–1955) became Germany’s most highly acclaimed writer. This critical biography sheds new light on his work, looking closely at how Mann’s brother Heinrich and his writing, as well as that of philosophers, notably Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Goethe, influenced Mann and his compositions. Mann’s fictional worlds criticized the prevailing bourgeois order, and his very first novel, Buddenbrooks, signalled the need for change, while The Magic Mountain and ‘Death in Venice’ were both groundbreaking works that remain important today. Mann’s parting from Germany and his life in exile in the usa are explored in detail, and his political views – from his anti-Nazi speeches to his anti-McCarthyist activities – are investigated and reflected upon. This engaging new account of a significant German writer illustrates how the context of Mann’s life shaped his achievements. It will appeal to students and scholars of German literature, as well as to all with an interest in the history and culture of the twentieth century.

‘This book provides an excellent, clear and concise summary of Thomas Mann’s life and work.’ – Ernest Schonfield, Lecturer in German, University of Glasgow

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Herbert Lehnert is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of California, Irvine, and has published many books on German literature. Eva Wessell was previously a lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.