Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann

Lübeck, Stadtkreis Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death 12 Aug 1955 (aged 80)
Zürich, Bezirk Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Burial Kilchberg, Bezirk Horgen, Zürich, Switzerland
Memorial ID 7029 · View Source
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Nobel Prize Laureate Author. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. When his father died in 1891 the family moved to Munich. Mann was educated at the Lübeck gymnasium and he also spent some time at the University of Munich. His career as a writer started in the magazine "Simplicissimus." His first book was published in 1898. During these years Mann became immersed in the writings of the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche as well as in the music of composer Richard Wagner. "Buddenbrooks," was his early masterpiece. After "Buddenbrooks" Mann concentrated on short novels. "Death in Venice" his famous novel, was inspired by a young, sailor-suited boy whom the author saw in Venice in 1911. After ten years of work Mann completed his second major work, "The Magic Mountain" in 1924, a novel about ideas and of lost humanism. His next major work was the trilogy "Joseph and his brother". On Hitler's accession Mann moved to Switzerland, where he edited the literary journal "Mass und Wert," and settled finally in the United States in 1936, where he worked among others at the University of Princeton. In 1941 he moved to Santa Monica, California. Mann lived in the U.S. some ten years, but was disappointed with the American persecution of Communist sympathizers. Mann's last great work was "Doctor Faustus" in 1947. In 1947 Mann returned to Europe. Demonstratively he avoided Germany and lived mostly in Switzerland, near Zurich, where he died. His novel "Confessions of Felix Krull" was left unfinished.

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