It is love, not reason, that is
stronger than death.--
Nobel Prize in Literature-1929 , Goethe Prize-1949
Born: 06/06/1875 in Lubeck, Germany
Died: 12/08/1955 in Zurich, Switzerland.
He died of atherosclerosis in a hospital in Zurich and was buried in
Citizen: German. became US Citizen in 1944.
Influence: Goethe, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer
Paul Thomas Mann was
born in a relatively prosperous family and his father was a senator
and a grain merchant. However, when Mann was only 16, his father died
and the business was wound up and the family moved to Munich. From
1891 to 1933, Mann stayed in Munich with his elder brother. It was
here that his writing career started. His first story Little Mr.
Friedmann was published in 1898.
In 1905, he married Katia Pringsheim, daughter of a
wealthy Jewish Industrialist and the couple had six children.
When Hitler came to power in 1933, Mann fled to
Switzerland and after the end of Second World War migrated to USA. In
1952, he returned to Switzerland. While in US, Mann taught in
Landmarks: Mann's diaries
were unsealed in 1975 and the pages narrate his struggles with his
homosexuality which found reflection in his works, most prominently
through the obsession of the elderly Aschenbach for the 14-year-old
Polish boy Tadzio in the novella Death in Venice (Der Tod in
Venedig, 1912) . Mann became internationally famous after his
works were translated into English by H T Lowe-Porter from 1924
Notable Works: Buddenbrooks--Buddenbrooks
(1901/) , Der Zauberberg--The
(1924/), Der Tod in Venedig--Death
(1912/, Das Wunderkind--The Child
(1903), Doktor Faustus--Doctor
(1947/), Der Erwahite--The Holy
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