Thomas Mann: Der kleine Herr Friedemann [Little Herr Friedemann]

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Thomas Mann’s narrative “Der kleine Herr Friedemann” [“Little Herr Friedemann”], written in 1896, appeared in the important literary periodical Neue Deutsche Rundschau in 1897 and was published by Samuel Fischer in 1898 in Mann’s first anthology of short stories collectively entitled Der kleine Herr Friedemann. In a letter to Otto Grautoff of 21 July 1897 the author declared that whilst he had formerly used his diaries as a form of artistic relief, he had now discovered “novelistic discrete forms and masks” [“novellistische, öffentlichkeitsfähige Formen und Masken”] as a means of relaying his inner emotions — a process that had started with “Der …

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Gallagher, David. "Der kleine Herr Friedemann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2007
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]