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Thomas Mann

It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.-- Thomas Mann

Awards: 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 Kilchberg.

Citizen: German. became US Citizen in 1944.

Language: German

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 Princeton University.

    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 onwards

Notable Works:  Buddenbrooks--Buddenbrooks (1901/) , Der Zauberberg--The Magic Mountain (1924/), Der Tod in Venedig--Death in Venice (1912/, Das Wunderkind--The Child Prodigy (1903), Doktor Faustus--Doctor Faustus (1947/), Der Erwahite--The Holy Sinner (1951/),

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