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

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"Hermann Kurzke (finally!) gives the writer his due. . . . The biography as a work of art!"--Süddeutsche Zeitung

"A major achievement in literary biography."--Booklist

"[An] insightful biography. . . . Kurzke proceeds . . . by a series of mini-essays, each focused on an event or element of Mann's life. He demonstrates intelligent sympathy for his subject and a necessary awareness of the dangers of his method. For he is, in an important sense, unwriting Mann's lifework, making explicit and biographical what Mann encoded and universalized."--Adam Kirsch, American Scholar

"The most penetrating and nuanced portrait we possess of Germany's greatest 20th-century novelist as a human being. . . . The author of this compelling biography is masterly."--Eda Segarra, Irish Times

"A comprehensive, sensitive biography that takes into consideration all the new information about Mann's life that has become known in recent years. . . . This civilized, readable, erudite but never arcane study is one of the best accounts of the life of a complex man, perplexed, tortured by his sexual predilections."--Choice

"This absorbing biography of Thomas Mann . . . allows us to peek into the altogether private world of the great German writer."--Virgina Quarterly Review

"Kurzke's extensive and profound knowledge of all of Thomas Mann's writings . . . allows him to see what Thomas Mann made in literature out of the facts and personages of his life. For in Kurzke's eyes Thomas Mann did not believe in making things up. This is the basis for the biography: Mann's life directly reflects his life. . . . [T]his is a fascinating book that will provoke and inspire anyone who reads it."--Rodney Symington, Seminar

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