Thomas Mann

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  • Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)

Paul Thomas Mann was born on 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, an old Hanseatic city, as the second son of Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann, owner of an established grain business and one of the city’s most respected citizens, and Julia Mann, née da Silva-Bruhns, a beautiful, artistically inclined woman of German and South American origins. He was the second of five children. The eldest, Heinrich (1871-1950), became a writer; Julia (1877-1927) committed suicide after an unhappy life; Carla (1881-1910) ended her life after an unsuccessful attempt to give up her bohemian existence; the youngest, Viktor (1890-1949), became a banker. Thomas Mann grew up in a world that expected him to enter a mercantile career. But his interests were, like his mother�…

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Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Thomas Mann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 June 2003
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Articles on Mann's works

  1. Buddenbrooks: Verfall einer Familie [Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family]
  2. Der Erwählte [The Holy Sinner]
  3. Der kleine Herr Friedemann [Little Herr Friedemann]
  4. Der Tod in Venedig [Death in Venice]
  5. Der Zauberberg [The Magic Mountain]
  6. Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull [The Confessions of Felix Krull Confidence Man]
  7. Doktor Faustus [Doctor Faustus]
  8. Herr und Hund [A Man and his Dog]
  9. Lotte in Weimar [Lotte in Weimar: The Beloved Returns]
  10. Mario und der Zauberer [Mario and the Magician]
  11. Tonio Kröger
  12. Tristan