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Thomas Mann : a life

Author: Donald A Prater
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author of several of the major classics of modern European fiction, including Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks, and The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Thomas Mann was also a staunch opponent of Nazism (which eventually drove him into exile) and a towering presence in German and European intellectual life for more than fifty years.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Prater, Donald A., 1918-
Thomas Mann.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624466667
Named Person: Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald A Prater
ISBN: 0198158610 9780198158615
OCLC Number: 31709350
Description: xviii, 554 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Decline of a Family 1875-1900 --
II. Beyond Decadence to Prestige 1901-1914 --
III. The Magic Mountain --
and Non-Political Reflections 1914-1924 --
IV. Involvement of a Latter-Day Goethe 1925-1932 --
V. The Hesitant Emigre 1933-1936 --
VI. 'I Believe in America' 1937-1941 --
VII. Anguish over Germany 1941-1948 --
VIII. The Isolated World Citizen 1949-1951 --
IX. Return to 'Europe's Ancient Soil' 1952-1955.
Responsibility: Donald Prater.
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The author of several of the major classics of modern European fiction, including Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks, and The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Thomas Mann was also a staunch opponent of Nazism (which eventually drove him into exile) and a towering presence in German and European intellectual life for more than fifty years. Celebrated biographer Donald Prater traces Mann's life and work from his upbringing in Lubeck, through his years in Munich, his exile in the United States, and his last years in Switzerland. He analyses the image and reality of a man regarded both as arrogant and aloof and as a vulnerable and sensitive witness to the traumatic upheavals of the twentieth century. Particular attention is devoted to Mann's political thinking and his role in the rise and fall of Hitlerism. In Mann's development from nationalistic conservatism to a vigorous humanist anti-Nazism.

Prater sees a fascinating and crucially important embodiment of the 'German problem' still so much of relevance to the Europe of today. But alongside discussion of Mann's career as an intellectual statesman, and the vast achievement of his novels, Prater also reveals the hidden side of a life dedicated to the pursuit of fame, discussing Mann's homosexuality, and highlighting the importance to his career of his family and his not infrequently complex relations with its talented members, many of them significant authors in their own right.

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