Lotte in Weimar: The Beloved Returns by Thomas MannLotte in Weimar: The Beloved Returns by Thomas Mann

Lotte in Weimar: The Beloved Returns

byThomas MannTranslated byH.T. Lowe-PorterIntroduction byHayden White

Paperback | November 12, 1990

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Thomas Mann, fascinated with the concept of genius and with the richness of German culture, found in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe the embodiment of the German culture hero. Mann's novelistic biography of Goethe was first published in English in 1940. Lotte in Weimar is a vivid dual portrait—a complex study of Goethe and of Lotte, the still-vivacious woman who in her youth was the model for Charlotte in Goethe's widely-read The Sorrows of Young Werther. Lotte's thoughts, as she anticipates meeting Goethe again after forty years, and her conversations with those in Weimar who knew the great man, allow Mann to assess Goethe's genius from many points of view. Hayden White's fresh appraisal of the novel reveals its consonances with our own concerns.
Hayden White is Professor of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz and author of The Content of Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism, and Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Thomas Mann (1875-1955), winner o...
Title:Lotte in Weimar: The Beloved ReturnsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:475 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 12, 1990Publisher:University of California Press

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ISBN - 10:0520070070

ISBN - 13:9780520070073


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"There emerges from the pages of this volume such a hopeful view of man as the master of his own fate that the reader cannot fail to be lifted above himself."--A. E. Meyer, "New York Times