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The Cambridge Introduction to Thomas Mann

Nobel Prize-winner Thomas Mann (1875–1955) is not only one of the leading German novelists of the twentieth century, but also one of the few to transcend national and language boundaries to achieve major stature in the English-speaking world. Famous from the time that he published his first novel in 1901, Mann became an iconic figure, seen as the living embodiment of German national culture. Leading scholar Todd Kontje provides a succinct introduction to Mann’s life and work, discussing key moments in Mann’s personal life and his career as a public intellectual, and giving readers a sense of why he is considered such an important – and controversial – writer. At the heart of the book is an informed appreciation of Mann’s great literary achievements, including the novel The Magic Mountain and the haunting short story Death in Venice.

Todd Kontje is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.


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The Cambridge Introduction to Thomas Mann

Todd Kontje


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Kontje, Todd Curtis, 1954–
The Cambridge introduction to Thomas Mann / Todd Kontje.
p. cm. – (Cambridge introductions to literature)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-521-76792-7 – ISBN 978-0-521-74386-0 (pbk.)
1. Mann, Thomas, 1875–1955 – Criticism and interpretation. I. Title.
PT2625.A44Z73244 2011
833∙.912–dc22
2010034948

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ISBN 978-0-521-74386-0 Paperback

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Contents

Chronology
vii
1       Introduction
1
Keywords
2
2       Origins, influences, and early mastery
13
Childhood and early influences
13
First novellas
18
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
24
3       Artists and outcasts in Mann’s early fiction
33
Tonio Kröger
34
Artists, ascetics, and outcasts
37
Marriage and the artist
41
Death in Venice
46
4       From world war to the Weimar Republic
54
Mann’s wartime journalism
54
The evolution of Mann’s political thought
58
A return to literature
61
The Magic Mountain
63
5       The struggle against National Socialism
73
Joseph and his Brothers
78
Disorder and Early Sorrow and Mario and the Magician
85
Lotte in Weimar
91
Transposed Heads and The Tables of the Law
96
6       A pact with the devil: Doctor Faustus
101
7       Tribulations and final triumphs
113
Mann’s last years
113
The Holy Sinner
115
The Black Swan
117
The Confessions of Felix Krull
120
Mann’s subsequent reception and reputation
123
Notes
128
Suggested further reading
132
Index
135

Chronology

Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

1875

June 6. Paul Thomas Mann born in Lübeck as second of five children (Heinrich 1871; Julia 1877; Carla 1881; Viktor 1890)

1891

October 13. Death of father, Senator Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann

1892

Spring. Mother Julia Mann moves with younger children to Munich; Thomas remains in Lübeck

1894

March. Mann completes high school and moves to Munich

October. First novella published (Fallen)
1896

October. In Italy until April 1898

1898

Spring. First collection of stories published (Little Herr Friedemann)

1901

October. Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

1903

February. Tonio Kröger

Spring. Tristan (second anthology of short fiction)
1905

February 11. Marriage in Munich to Katia Pringsheim

November 9. Birth of daughter Erika Mann
1906

November 18. Birth of son Klaus Mann

1909

March 27. Birth of son Angelus (Golo) Mann

November. Royal Highness
1910

June 7. Birth of daughter Monika Mann

July 30. Suicide of sister Carla
1912

October–November. Death in Venice

1914

November. Essay: “Thoughts in War”

1918

April 24. Birth of daughter Elisabeth

October. Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man
1919

April 21. Birth of son Michael

April. A Man and his Dog
1922

October–November. Essay: “The German Republic”

1924

November. The Magic Mountain

1926

April. Disorder and Early Sorrow

1927

May 10. Suicide of sister Julia

1929

December 10. Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

1930

April. Mario and the Magician

October 17. “Address to the Germans: An Appeal to Reason”
1933

January 30. Adolf Hitler declared German Chancellor

February 11. Mann leaves Germany on lecture tour; exile in Switzerland and southern France begins
October 5. The Stories of Jacob
1934

March. Young Joseph

May–June. First trip to USA
1935

June–July. Second trip to USA

June 30. Private dinner at White House with President Roosevelt
1936

October. Joseph in Egypt

November 19. Granted Czech citizenship
December 2. German citizenship revoked
December 19. Honorary doctorate of Bonn University revoked
1937

January. Open letter to Dean of Bonn University; public break with Nazi Germany

April. Third trip to USA
1938

February–July. Fourth trip to USA

September. Begins guest professorship at Princeton University
1939

December. Lotte in Weimar

1940

October. Transposed Heads

1941

January 14–15. Guest of President Roosevelt at White House

March. Moves from Princeton, New Jersey to Pacific Palisades, California
1943

December. Joseph the Provider; The Tables of the Law

1944

June 23. Becomes US citizen

1945

May. Lecture in Washington DC: “Germany and the Germans”

1946

April. Emergency operation for lung cancer in Chicago

1947

October. Doctor Faustus

1949

April. The Story of a Novel

May 21. Suicide of son Klaus
July–August. First visit to Germany since 1933
1950

March 12. Death of brother Heinrich

1951

March. The Holy Sinner

1952

June. Final return to Europe

1953

April. Private audience with Pope Pious XII

June 4. Awarded honorary doctorate at Cambridge University
September. The Black Swan
1954

January. Purchase of final home in Kilchberg, Switzerland, near Zurich

September. Confessions of Felix Krull
1955

May. Declared honorary citizen of Lübeck

July. Vacation in Holland interrupted by illness August 12. Death in Zurich August 16. Burial in Kilchberg cemetery overlooking Lake Zurich




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