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By Herbert Lehnert, Eva Wessell

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ISBN-10: 1571136398

ISBN-13: 9781571136398

Thomas Mann is one of the maximum of German prose writers, and used to be the 1st German novelist to arrive a large English-speaking readership seeing that Goethe. Novels equivalent to Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, and Doktor Faustus attest to his mastery of refined, distanced irony, whereas novellas resembling demise in Venice exhibit him on the peak of his mastery of language. as well as clean insights approximately those best-known works of Mann, this quantity treats less-often-discussed works corresponding to Joseph and His Brothers, Lotte in Weimar, and Felix Krull, in addition to his political writings and essays. Mann himself was once a paradox: his function as family-father used to be either safe haven and façade; his love of Germany used to be matched by way of his contempt for its having embraced Hitler. whereas in exile in the course of the Nazi interval, he functioned because the top consultant of the ''good'' Germany within the struggle opposed to fascism, and he has usually been remembered this manner in English-speaking lands. yet a brand new view of Mann is rising part a century after his dying: a view of him as one of many nice writers of a modernity understood as extending into our twenty first century. This quantity presents 16 essays by way of American and eu experts. They show the relevance of his writings for our time, making specific use of the biographical fabric that's now on hand. participants: Ehrhard Bahr, Manfred Dierks, Werner Frizen, Clayton Koelb, Helmut Koopmann, Wolfgang Lederer, Hannelore Mundt, Peter Pütz, Jens Rieckmann, Hans Joachim Sandberg, Egon Schwarz, and Hans Vaget.

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Twelve years later, in 1891, ill with bladder cancer and facing an operation, he decided otherwise: he ordered his business to be liquidated. He appointed guardians to invest the result of the sale, to administer the fortune and regularly pay the interest out to his widow, who was to pass a share on to each of their five children. The senator determined the dowries of his daughters and designated a certain sum for the “establishment” of his sons. He charged the guardians to promote a practical (his emphasis) education of his sons in order to keep them from the bohemian lifestyle that tempted his older son Heinrich.

Andrea Bartl et al. (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1998), 231–53. INTRODUCTION 15 E 27 TM/HM, 363–65. 16 Hans Wysling, “‘Geist und Kunst,’” TMS 1 (1967), 123–233. Note 124, “Gegensätze,” 218. 17 TM/HM, 169. 18 DüD 1, 454. 19 TM/HM, 172. 20 Essays 2, 45–84. This edition will henceforth be documented in the text as Essays with volume and page number. 21 Cf. Essays 2, 49, with GW 12, 219. 22 “Goethe als Repräsentant des bürgerlichen Zeitalters” (Goethe as a Representative of the Bourgeois Age, 1932), GW 9, 332.

The bitter enmity of the brothers affected Thomas more deeply than Heinrich. It lasted until 1922 when they reconciled. In the Weimar Republic the two cooperated, helping when the Prussian Academy of Arts established a section for poetry and writing, giving the profession of letters official status. Heinrich became president of the section. After the First World War Thomas Mann took a while to reorient himself. He had difficulties accepting the victory of the Western allies; he understood it as a victory of capitalism over German culture.

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