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Thomas Mann Diaries, 1918-1939

Mann, Thomas, and Kesten, Hermann (Selection and Foreword), and Winston, Richard (Translator), and Winston, Clara (Translator)

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ISBN 10: 0810913046 / ISBN 13: 9780810913042
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York, 1982
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Text in English, German. vii, [1], 471, [1] p. Illustrations. Notes on the Text. Biographical Notes. Index of References to Thomas Mann's works; General Index. After the death of Richard Winston, Clara Winston was assisted in completing the translation by their daughter, Krishna WInston. Mann destroyed all his diaries written prior to 1896 but his 20th century volumes survived. From Wikipedia: Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his highly symbolic and ironic epic novels, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. Golo Mann was one of his six children. When Hitler came to power in 1933, Mann fled to Switzerland. When World War II broke out in 1939, he emigrated to the United States. Thomas Mann is one of the best-known exponents of the so-called Exilliteratur. Paul Thomas Mann was born in Lübeck, Germany, and was the second son of Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann (a senator and a grain merchant), and his wife Júlia da Silva Bruhns (a Brazilian of partial German ancestry who emigrated to Germany when seven years old). His mother was Roman Catholic, but Mann was baptised into his father's Lutheran faith. Mann attended the science division of a Lübeck Gymnasium (school), then spent time at the Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich and Technical University of Munich where, in preparation for a journalism career, he studied history, economics, art history and literature. He lived in Munich from 1891 until 1933, with the exception of a year in Palestrina, Italy, with his novelist elder brother Heinrich. His career as a writer began when he wrote for Simplicissimus. Mann's first short story, "Little Mr Friedemann" (Der Kleine Herr Friedemann), was published in 1898. In 1905, he married Katia Pringsheim, daughter of a wealthy, secular Jewish industrialist family. She later joined the Lutheran faith of her husband. The couple had six children. During World War I Mann supported Kaiser Wilhelm II's conservatism and attacked liberalism. Yet in Von Deutscher Republik (1923), as a semi-official spokesman for parliamentary democracy, Mann called upon German intellectuals to support the new Weimar Republic. He also gave a lecture at the Beethovensaal in Berlin on 13 October 1922, which appeared in Die neue Rundschau in November 1922, in which he developed his defence of the Republic, based on extensive close readings of Novalis and Walt Whitman. Hereafter his political views gradually shifted toward liberal left and democratic principles. In 1930 Mann gave a public address in Berlin titled "An Appeal to Reason", in which he strongly denounced National Socialism and encouraged resistance by the working class. This was followed by numerous essays and lectures in which he attacked the Nazis. In 1933 when the Nazis came to power, Mann and his wife were on holiday in Switzerland. Due to his strident denunciations of Nazi policies, his son Klaus advised him not to return. But Thomas Mann's books, in contrast to those of his brother Heinrich and his son Klaus, were not among those burnt publicly by Hitler's regime in May 1933, possibly since he had been the Nobel laureate in literature for 1929. In 1936 the Nazi government officially revoked his German citizenship. A few months later he moved to California. During the war, Mann made a series of anti-Nazi radio-speeches, Deutsche Hörer! ("German listeners! "). They were taped in the USA and then sent to Great Britain, where the BBC transmitted them, hoping to reach German listeners. Thomas Mann's works were first translated into English by H. T. Lowe-Porter beginning in 1924. Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929, principally in recognition of his popular achievement with the epic Buddenbrooks (1901), The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg 1924), and his numerous short stories. Mann's diaries, unsealed in 1975, tell of his st. Bookseller Inventory # 66356

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Title: Thomas Mann Diaries, 1918-1939

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Trade paperback

Edition: Presumed first paperbvack printing.

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