Very Good/Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall Octavo 0333656598 Hardback Hardback. Thomas Mann. Eros and Literature. Slight wear to bottom edge of cloth. Slight wear to edge of D/J. This book is an inspiring and ground-breaking biography of one of the century's most important and influential writers. It is a portrait of Mann's Germany, his work, his life until his exile and arrival in America-a life of suffering and courage, of great achievement, a life beset by political hostility from the right and left, and by the torments of sexual frustration. Usually portrayed as a monster of egotism, Mann is shown to be a brave and lonely figure, his place in literary history brilliantly defined as Heilbut considers his relation to his literary ancestors, particularly Goethe and Niezsche, as well as his contemporariwes Gide and Kafka, and to the American writers, Whitman and Melville. Focusing on Mann's literary achievement Heilbut provides new social and psychological insights into the interplay of his life with such works as Death In Venice, The Magtic Mountain, Joseph and His Brothers and The Confessions of Felix Krull. This is an important and original biography, adventurous and beautifully written, that shows both the artist and the complex 'chronically ambivalent' man who was one of the century's literary titans. Illustrated. 638 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions, Reference books, and all types of Academic Literature. )
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