Thomas Mann

Author: Thomas Mann

Profile: Thomas Mann was a German short story writer, novelist, philanthropist, social critic and essayist. He was born in Free City of Lubeck, German Empire and died in Zurich, Switzerland.

He completed his education at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Technical University of Munich.  Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice, Joseph and His Brothers and Doctor Faustus are his most notable works. Katia Pringsheim was his spouse with whom Thomas Mann had 6 children.

In, Buddenbrooks, his debut novel, Mann has portrayed his Hanseatic Mann family and class. Mann fled to Switzerland in 1933 when Adolf Hitler attained power. In 1939 after the World War II broke out, Mann went to the United States and then in 1952 came back to Switzerland. Thomas Mann was one of the torch bearers of the Exilliteratur which comprises the writings of those who were opposed to Hitler and left Germany in voluntary exile. Author, Yukio Mishima was highly influenced with the works of Mann.

Writing style: Thomas Mann’s genre is novellas and novels. His novellas and novels are highly ironic, epic symbolic and well known for their insight into the artist’s psychology as well as the intellectual. Ideas of Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as well as modernized versions of Biblical and German stories are used by him in his critique and analysis of the German and European soul.

Published Texts:


1901 – Buddenbrooks

1909 – Royal Highness

1924 – The Magic Mountain

1939 – Lotte in Weimar

1947 – Doctor Faustus

1951 – The Holy Sinner

1912 – Death in Venice (novella)


1972 – Hayavadana (play)

1994 – Umberto Eco (essay)

1905 – Fiorenza (play)

1893 – Vision (prose sketch)

Short story

1894 – Gefallen

1896 – The Will to Happiness

1896 – Disillusionment

1896 – Little Herr Friedemann

1897 – Death

1897 – The Clown

1897 – The Dilettante

1898 – Tobias Mindernickel

1899 – The Wardrobe

1900 – Little Lizzy

1900 – The Road to the Churchyard

1903 – The Hungry

1903 – The Child Prodigy

1904 – A Gleam

1904 – At the Prophet’s

1905 – A Weary Hour

1907 – Railway Accident

1908 – Anecdote

1911 – The Fight between Jappe and the Do Escobar

Awards and Acknowledgements:

1929 – Nobel Prize in Literature

1949 – Goethe Prize

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