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The Cambridge Introduction to Thomas Mann

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Literature

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521767927

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  • 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.

    • Written in a lucid, jargon-free style that is accessible to the general public as well as an academic audience
    • Discusses key moments in Mann's personal life and his career as a public intellectual that will give readers a sense of why he has been considered such a controversial writer
    • A balanced account which addresses Mann's alleged anti-Semitism and misogyny as well as acknowledging his many admirable traits
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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521767927
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Origins, influences, and early mastery
    3. Artists and outcasts in Mann's early fiction
    4. From World War to the Weimar Republic
    5. The struggle against National Socialism
    6. A pact with the devil: Doctor Faustus
    7. Tribulations and final triumphs
    Suggestions for further reading
    Timeline.

  • Author

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

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