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Thomas Mann : a biography

Author: Ronald Hayman
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Thomas Mann is a literary biography in the grand tradition by the acclaimed biographer of Proust, Sartre, and Kafka. Ronald Hayman offers the first complete portrait in English of the Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, and the first to draw on Mann's unexpurgated diaries." "Thomas Mann, author of Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks, and Joseph and His Brothers, was a man with secrets. Ronald Hayman
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hayman, Ronald, 1932-
Thomas Mann.
New York : Scribner, ©1995
(OCoLC)623761314
Named Person: Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Hayman
ISBN: 0684193191 9780684193199
OCLC Number: 31075060
Description: 672 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Like a prince --
Decaying family --
stormy spring --
Nothing but rice --
Rounding up the dogs --
Establishing himself --
Lust for fame --
Fair hair and blue eyes --
Writing my life --
Like a princess --
Giving myself a constitution --
Representing other people --
Marxist fairy story --
Leading man --
Mountain air --
A new home --
World war --
I hate democracy --
Sons of defeat --
Unchartered love --
Fraternal armistice --
Jewish Jesuit --
Years of plenty --
Myth and madam world --
Nobel prize --
My task is to liquidate --
The rule of silence. Speaking out --
Hitler is my brother --
Heil Chamberlain! --
In Goethe's footsteps --
Edge of Los Angeles --
Citadels of stupidity --
Twelve-tone syphilis --
Incurable fatherland --
Come like a good doctor --
Staring into grayness --
Suicidal son --
Both Germanies --
Winsome waiter --
Ridiculous satisfaction --
Love and mischief.
Responsibility: by Ronald Hayman.

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"Thomas Mann is a literary biography in the grand tradition by the acclaimed biographer of Proust, Sartre, and Kafka. Ronald Hayman offers the first complete portrait in English of the Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, and the first to draw on Mann's unexpurgated diaries." "Thomas Mann, author of Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks, and Joseph and His Brothers, was a man with secrets. Ronald Hayman uncovers a brilliant writer's masks and brings to the fore the private man: his bisexuality, his obsession with "keeping up appearances," and the deep guilt feelings that plagued him for nearly fifty years."

"Hayman is the first biographer to show the extent to which Mann presented a sanitized self-portrait in his novels, stories, essays, photographs, public appearances, broadcasts, and articles. The world took Mann to be a self-controlled, elegant, dignified, supremely self-assured, rather aloof man. Wanting this image to survive his death, Mann incinerated most of his diaries and stipulated that the five thousand manuscript pages he had spared should be kept under seal for twenty years after his death. In reality, as these newly available diaries attest, Mann was subject to fits of nervous trembling, convulsive sobbing, and moments of sexual embarrassment. ("It can scarcely be impotence," he recorded in 1920. "How would it be if there were a young man at my disposal?") When his novels are reread in the perspective of the diaries, new meanings emerge, as do new interconnections between the problems of the characters and those of the author. As Hayman demonstrates in vivid and illuminating detail, Mann overcame literary inhibitions by speaking freely about his inner life through fictional characters apparently dissimilar to himself. As Mann once wrote to a friend, his trick was to find "novelistic forms and masks which can be displayed in public as a means of relaying my love, my hatred, my sympathy, my contempt, my pride, my scorn and the accusations I want to make."" "Drawing on extensive research, including not only the as-yet-unpublished final volumes of Mann's diaries but also new interviews with Mann's children, Ronald Hayman moves behind Mann's public persona to bring forth startling reinterpretations of his novels, stories, and criticism, and to reveal an extraordinarily complex and often misunderstood genius."--Jacket.

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