Heinrich Mann

Stephen Grollman (Concordia College)
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Heinrich Mann, a prolific writer of pre-World War II German literature, is best known for his satirical novels and political activism. While his brother, the Nobel Prize winning novelist Thomas Mann, has long stood in the canon of world literature, Heinrich holds his own place in Germany's history and literature as a vocal critic of Imperial Germany and National Socialism as well as a staunch defender of democracy and European unity. Although he published 20 novels, 72 novellas, 10 plays and over 400 essays and articles, he achieved his greatest success with two novels that satirized Wilhelmine Germany,

Professor Unrat

[

Small Town Tyrant

, 1905] and

Der Untertan

[

The Loyal Subject,

completed in 1914, published in 1918].

Der Untertan

put Mann prominently on the German cultural scene after…

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Citation: Grollman, Stephen. "Heinrich Mann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2918, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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