Thomas Mann (Critical Lives) (Paperback)

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This concise yet thorough critical biography throws new light on the work of German novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and social critic Thomas Mann. It also offers a fresh look at the value of his short stories. Looking closely at how Mann’s brother Heinrich as well as the work of philosophers (notably Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Goethe) influenced Mann’s writing, Herbert Lehnert and Eva Wessell reveal how Mann’s fictional worlds criticized the prevailing bourgeois order, and how his first novel, Buddenbrooks, signaled the need for change. Lehnert and Wessell also explore the lasting significance of such groundbreaking works as The Magic Mountain,Death in Venice, and Doctor Faustus, a novel that, in view of fascism, asks whether the bourgeois culture of the individual has not become diseased. Thomas Mann also investigates Mann’s political views, from his anti-Nazi speeches to his anti-McCarthyist activities. The book offers an engaging, fresh account of an essential German writer, one which illustrates how the context of Mann’s life shaped his achievements.

About the Author

Herbert Lehnert is emeritus professor of German at the University of  California, Irvine, and has published many books on German literature.

Eva Wessell has been a lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.

Praise For…

"This book provides an excellent, clear, and concise summary of Thomas Mann’s life and work."

— Ernest Schonfield, University of Glasgow

Product Details
ISBN: 9781789140811
ISBN-10: 1789140811
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: May 15th, 2019
Pages: 208
Series: Critical Lives
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