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Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature
     

Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature

by Anthony Heilbut
 

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Here is a groundbreaking biography of one of the century's most important writers. Anthony Heilbut has plumbed the posthumously-published Mann diaries to give us a fresh and engaging examination of Thomas Mann's life and to reinvigorate the themes of his great body of work.

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Here is a groundbreaking biography of one of the century's most important writers. Anthony Heilbut has plumbed the posthumously-published Mann diaries to give us a fresh and engaging examination of Thomas Mann's life and to reinvigorate the themes of his great body of work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
German novelist Thomas Mann (1875-1955), according to this rich, densely textured biographical-critical study, introduced a new sensibility, ``post-bourgeois but not quite bohemian,'' by transforming his personal circumstances-``the artist... living in comfort, but estranged from his class and origins'' -into a modern type. Troubled, self-doubting Mann, in Heilbut's assessment, was ``a great erotic writer'' whose repressed homosexuality colored all his writings: adventurous explorations of desire, the occult, physical illness, language and modern man's and woman's inability to feel. Heilbut (Exiled in Paradise: German Refugee Artists and Intellectuals) observes that three of Mann's six children-sons Klaus and Golo and daughter Erika-were homosexual, and the closeted, married author watched them living out his desires with mixed emotions. Heilbut reads Mann's career as a tale of profound erotic disappointment and defends him against charges that he was tardy in joining the anti-Nazi fight. Brimming with fresh insights and linkages between the life and the art, this biography is a more sympathetic account than Donald Prater's Thomas Mann: A Life (Forecasts, Nov. 13). Photos. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209114
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/25/1997
Pages:
638
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.66(d)

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Anthony Heilbut received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. He has taught at New York University and Hunter College and is the author of Exiled in Paradise (California) and The Gospel Sound. He is also a record producer, specializing in gospel music, and has won both a Grammy Award and a Grand Prix du Disque.

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