Thomas Mann: The Uses of Tradition

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byT. J. Reed

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T.J. Reed's study has long established itself as the standard work in English on Thomas mann, and offers as comprehensive a view of Mann's fiction and thought as is available in any language. It is based on a coherent close reading of Mann's oeuvre, literary and political, and also onmanuscripts and sources, and was part of the first phase of literary scholarship that opened up the resources of the Zurich Thomas Mann Archive. Further documents that have appeared since then - Mann's diaries, notebooks, and other correspondences - have not fundamentally altered the individualinterpretations or the overall picture the study offers, and in some respects have emphatically confirmed them. A further chapter added to this edition covers the new documentation, gives a vigorous account of the main curents in Mann scholarship and criticism over the last two decades suggestinghow we should now see the writer, the man, and the political figure, and above all the complex relationship between the three.

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This book is based on a coherent close reading of Mann's oeuvre, literary and political, and also on manuscripts and sources, and was part of the first phase of literary scholarship that opened up the resources of the Zurich Thomas Mann Archive.

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T.J. Reed's study has long established itself as the standard work in English on Thomas mann, and offers as comprehensive a view of Mann's fiction and thought as is available in any language. It is based on a coherent close reading of Mann's oeuvre, literary and political, and also onmanuscripts and sources, and was part of the first p...

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This book is based on a coherent close reading of Mann's oeuvre, literary and political, and also on manuscripts and sources, and was part of the first phase of literary scholarship that opened up the resources of the Zurich Thomas Mann Archive.

T. J. Reed is at University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This book is based on a coherent close reading of Mann's oeuvre, literary and political, and also on manuscripts and sources, and was part of the first phase of literary scholarship that opened up the resources of the Zurich Thomas Mann Archive.

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`This impressive biography goes a long way towards satisfying the demand among non-German speakers for an informed, lucid and unbiased account of Thomas Mann's life and works. The great merit of this study is Prater's ability to present the context of Mann's life, against which not only hisdevelopment as a writer, but also the twists and turns of his personal and political life, are convincingly portrayed. This is a courageous, revealing and wholly readable account.'Forum for Modern Language Studies, XXXIII, 2, 1997