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        Thomas Mann

        nationality

        German

        gender

        Male

        standing

        Major

        forms

        Novelist

        date of birth

        June 06, 1875

        place of birth

        Lübeck, Germany

        date of death

        August 12, 1955

        place of death

        Zurich, Switzerland

        place of burial

        Kilchberg, Zurich

        Rip's Impressions

        A sensitive writer from early on: the E.M. Forster of German literature in the early decades of the 20th Century. He was thoroughly German in every respect but his mother was Brazilian and his father had a mix of Jewish ancestry. Mann claimed a distant relation to Goethe. He was never afraid to stand up to the horror of the Third Reich at the height of his world fame, after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, and before being forced into exiled to the United States.

        literary tidbits

        Susan Sontag wrote a famous essay of her rare interview with the writer while she was a high school student in the 1950s in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles California, where he moved just before the onslaught of WWII. Her description of a burning cigarette still stands out in my mind when I think of this essay.

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