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Thomas Mann:
Life as a Work of Art. A Biography
Hermann Kurzke
Translated by Leslie Willson

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Translator's Preface xiii
I. Childhood and School Days
Chronicle 1875-1894 2
Horoscope 3
Sunday Bells 4
In the Shadow of St. Mary's Church 5
Thunder and Lightning 7
Othellos 9
Lead Soldiers and Playing Gods 10
Your Sapiency and Lübeck's Most Beautiful Woman 12
Bed and Sleep, Elegiacal 19
Stretch, Curtail, Corrupt 20
Flunking 24
The Autodidact 25
Fellow Students 27
II. Early Love and First Writings
Chronicle 1889-1893 32
First Love: Armin Martens 33
Williram Timpe 37
The Sunken Treasure 42
Lost Poems and Dramas 43
Spring Storm and Other Immature Things 45
Girls in Lübeck 47
III. Before Fame
Chronicle 1894-1901 52
Deciding for His Mother 54
Freedom 55
Talented and Chosen 58
A Metaphysical Magic Potion 60
Klärchen 61
Quiet in All the Cellars! 64
Knowledge Is the Deepest Torment in the World 68
Elbow Room: Little Herr Friedemann 69
Primal Odds and Ends 71
The Opera Glass 76
General Dr. von Staat 78
Italy 83
"Amen!" Means "Enough!" 84
A Scavenger 87
But the Little Hunchback, Too 89
IV. Thomas and Heinrich
Chronicle 1875-1914 96
Papa's Death and Goodwill 98
In Inimicos 98
Lorenzo and the Prior 102
Correspondence 104
Plebeians and Chandalas, Renaissance Men and the
Ideal of Feminine Artistic Beauty 108
The Hunt for Love 109
Heinrich and Katia 112
V. The Path to Marriage
Chronicle 1900-1905 116
A Stroke of Luck 117
Tonio Kröger 118
I Love You! My God . . . I Love You! 120
The Flirtation Squabble 128
Paul's Death 132
Chastity 133
"Du"--Informal Address 134
Literature and Life 135
Mary Smith 137
Money Matches 139
The Courtship of Katia Pringsheim 141
Prince and Algebra 149
Engagement and Wedding 150
Katia, Fictionally 153
VI. Ambitious Plans
Chronicle 1905-1914 160
Fame! 161
Fiorenza 162
Heroism: Frederick the Great 164
The Unsuccessful Bilse Piece and Other Activities 165
Workday and Alcohol 168
Why Did I Get Married? 169
Maya 170
The Train Wreck 171
The State, Our Father, and an Enlightened Monarch 172
Censor Anti-Censor 174
How Jappe and Do Escobar Had a Fight 175
Death in Venice 177
A Death in Polling 179
Sense of Family, a Snapshot 182
Plans of Doing Away with Oneself 185
VII. Jews
The Blood of the Wälsungs and Doctor Sammet 188
Anti-Semitism? 191
The Jewish Girl 193
Thomas Mann--Wasn't He a Jew? 194
The Harden Trial 196
Alfred Kerr 198
Theodor Lessing 205
A Wretched Man 210
VIII. War
Chronicle 1914-1918 216
Soldier and Military Man Aschenbach 217
1914 in Letters 220
Military Service 223
Thomas Mann and the Grand Coalition 224
The Ordeal 226
Zola 227
Saying Everything 229
Eroticism and Irony 230
Fratricidal War 231
Opinions 234
Attempt at a Reconciliation 235
Mysticism 239
Church 241
Faith 243
IX. Attempts at Orientation
Chronicle 1918-1921 248
Heinrich 249
Politics: Theory and Practice 250
The Bavarian Soviet Republic 254
Revolution in Russia 257
Conservative Revolution 263
On the Jewish Question 264
Domestics 266
A Comfort: Dogs 270
X. Family, No Fun Either
Chronicle 1918-1933 274
Poor Little Katia 276
Loneliness 281
Father of Six 282
Erika 287
Klaus 289
Golo 291
Monika 293
Elisabeth 294
Michael 295
XI. In the Magic Mountain
Chronicle 1912-1924 298
We Phantoms along the Path 299
The Pyramid 300
The Drift Net 301
Boneless 304
The Most Sensuous Thing I Ever Did 305
Smoking 307
Kings Know No Irony 308
Things Most Questionable 310
From Life to His Work 316
XII. Republican Politics
Chronicle 1922-1933 320
The Reconciliation with Heinrich and the Shift to the Republic 322
The Vanquisher of the Romantic 324
Trillion-Dollar Eggs 326
The Fight against Fascism 328
Seven Reasons for the Astonishing Politicization of Thomas Mann 331
Johst, Hübscher, and Pilot Rogues 333
Storm Troopers in Tuxedos 336
Ernst Jünger 338
XIII. Homoeroticism of Midlife
A Hesitant Coming Out 342
Boys 1918-1921 343
Weber, Wyneken, Wickersdorf 347
Monstrous Indecencies 350
Impotence 351
Eros As a Statesman 352
On Marriage 353
Against Paragraph 175 354
Klaus Heuser and Amphitryon 354
A Candid Confessor 359
A Don Quixote of Love 361
XIV. Ostracized
Chronicle 1933-1936 364
Hitler and Friedemann 366
The Suitcase 368
Let the World Know Me 369
House, Heins, Heydrich 371
Where Did the Hate Come From? 375
Towering Alone 376
The Great Disappointment 378
A Political Act 381
The Liberation 383
XV. Joseph and His Brothers
Chronicle 1924-1943 390
Anti-Bilse? 392
Icing on the Cake 395
Thamar and Agnes Meyer 397
Father and Mother, Katia and Paul 400
Churchill and the Bible 405
God, the Father, and the Angelic Creature 407
On the Magician's Chastity 412
Militant Christianity 414
XVI. Hate for Hitler
Chronicle 1936-1945 416
I Am an American 419
Morally a Good Time 419
Thank You, Mr. Hitler! 422
This Man Is My Brother 423
The Jews Will Endure 425
Shameless but Fascinating 427
Self-Love 430
It Is Always a Life Story 431
Oh--Really? 436
War and Peace 439
Bermann and Landshoff 440
In the White House 442
Golo, Klaus, and Erika 443
Heinrich 449
Frighteningly Leftist Goings-on 452
Brecht 454
Prize Recipient and Shadow President 455
XVII. Doctor Faustus
Chronicle 1943-1949 460
Thomas Faust? 462
Retouchings 465
The Herz Woman at Table, Unfortunately 466
Schwabing and Polling, Palestrina and Pacific Palisades 470
The Adviser 473
The Real Thing 477
Rudi and Paul 479
Not Serenus, but Adrian 481
The Devil 483
The Emotionalism of Impurity 485
Klöpfgeissel 487
Superbia et Gratia 490
XVIII. Pain and Glory
Chronicle 1945-1955 494
No, They Are Not a Great People 496
Come As a Good Doctor! 498
Why I Will Not Return to Germany 499
Kästner 501
Hausmann 502
Vikko, Pree, and Godfather Bertram 503
The Goethe Trip and Its Consequences 509
Russian Mink 513
The Fireman 514
Why I Will Not Remain in America 516
Einstein and the Bomb 519
The Little Planet in a Corner of the Universe 521
Showered with the Gold of Praise 528
XIX. To the Last Breath
Instead of a Chronicle 532
Soit 533
Franzl 534
The Eroticism of Michelangelo 544
Mann As Madame 546
Sin and Grace 548
XX. Final Things
Liebestod and Skeleton 554
Time Runs Out 558
Consecration and Transfiguration 560
Eternal Life 562
Real Dying 564
Whispers of the Dead 566
Figure Credits 571
Index of Names 573

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