Tristan (1903), Thomas Mann’s first fully developed Künstlernovelle (artist novella), was originally rejected by the Neue Deutsche Rundschau as unsuitable for publication, but was later published by Samuel Fischer. In a letter of 13 February 1901 Mann wrote to his brother Heinrich announcing Eine Burleske, die ich in Arbeit habe, und die wahrscheinlich ‘Tristan’ heissen wird” [“A burlesque I am working on, which will probably be called ‘Tristan’“]. This “burlesque“ novella shares with Der kleine Herr Friedemann [Little Herr Friedemann] the theme of the artist s…

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Gallagher, David. "Tristan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2007
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