Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1990
Thomas Mann, fascinated with the concept of genius and with the richness of German culture, found in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe the embodiment of the German culture hero. Mann's novelistic biography of Goethe was first published in English in 1940. Lotte in Weimar is a vivid dual portrait--a complex study of Goethe and of Lotte, the still-vivacious woman who in her youth was the model for Charlotte in Goethe's widely-read The Sorrows of Young Werther. Lotte's thoughts, as she anticipates meeting Goethe again after forty years, and her conversations with those in Weimar who knew the great man, allow Mann to assess Goethe's genius from many points of view. Hayden White's fresh appraisal of the novel reveals its consonances with our own concerns.
Author: Hannelore Mundt
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
Understanding Thomas Mann offers a comprehensive guide to the novels, short stories, novellas, and nonfiction of one of the most renowned and prolific German writers. In addition to analyzing Mann's most famous works, including Buddenbrooks, Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain, and Doctor Faustus, Hannelore Mundt introduces readers to lesser-known works, among them Joseph and His Brothers, Lotte in Weimar, and The Black Swan. In close readings, Mundt illustrates how Mann's masterly prose captures both his time and the complexities of human existence with a unique blend of humor, compassion, irony, and ambiguity. Mundt takes readers chronologically from Mann's literary beginnings in 1894 to his last novel, Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man. She considers the influence of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche on the emergence of Mann's literary voice, his conflicted feelings about his bourgeois background, and his life as Germany's representative writer in the Weimar Republic and in exile. discusses his recurring thematic concerns - the individual's rebellion against oppressive bourgeois conventions and antihumanistic principles, the need for an unremitting questioning of authority and ostensibly absolute truths, and the antagonism between individualistic freedom and social responsibility. In light of the recent publication of Mann's diaries, disclosing his homosexual inclinations, Mundt also identifies the textual strategies he adopted for revealing and simultaneously masking his secret sexuality. Mann emerges from Mundt's analysis as a writer who plays with opposing perspectives in his fictional renderings of both the alienated individual and Germany's cultural and political history. Mundt suggests that the openness of his works, paired with his deep insights into human existence, explains his stature as a literary figure whose importance extends worldwide.
Author: Thomas Mann
Release Date: 2015-02-22
Mondliteraturo en Esperanto: Tradukis Karl Schulze. Kun enkonduko de Ulrich Becker. La Nobel-premiita germana verkisto Thomas Mann skribis en "Lotte ein Weimar" sian plej personan kaj eble plej ambician romanon: La iama amatino de Goethe (Charlotte, nomita Lotte) venas al la urbo Weimar (44 jarojn post la amrilato) por revidi lin, kiu intertempe estas mondfama viro - fama i.a. pro la fakto ke li skribis sian unuan sukcesan romanon ("La Suferoj de la juna Werther") ĝuste pri la amrilato al Lotte... Sed "Lotte en Weimar" estas multe pli ol la revido inter Lotte kaj Goethe - ĝi estas subtila historia pentraĵo pri la tempoj de Goethe kaj Mann, pri la germana "animo", pri la rilato de famuloj al la popolo (kaj inverse), kaj - kiel ĉiam ĉe Thomas Mann - pri ĉiuj ajn homaj vantecoj. Komplika, bela, serioza, humura - grandioza romano. Thomas Mann skribis "Lotte en Weimar" dum sia ekzila tempo en Usono (en la dua duono de la 30-aj jaroj). Esperantigita de la tradukisto de "Faŭsto" (de Goethe) kaj de la "Trigroŝa Romano" (de Bertolt Brecht): Karl Schulze.
This volume focuses on the flourishing of irony as a primary characteristic of the great era of European narrative sophistication from the Goethezeit to Modernism. Its eighteenth essays explore varieties of ironic consciousness associated with texts especially of northern Europe, and the ways they established a dialogue with and on literature and culture at large. As the volume shows, this interrogation of Europe's self-awareness of cultural identity bound up in reading and writing habits gained a new post-Cervantine complexity in Romanticism and has been of lasting significance for literary theory down to postmodernism. By its comparativistic framing of the issues raised by ironic consciousness, Narrative Ironiesduly serves as a Festschrift honoring Lilian R. Furst. Among major writers treated are Sterne, Goethe, Godwin, Schlegel, Hoffmann, Poe, Stendhal, Kierkegaard, Disraeli, Keller, Maupassant, Zola, Huysmans, Wilde, Tolstoi, Hofmannsthal, Strindberg, Proust, Mann, Musil, Kafka, Joyce, Faulkner, and Szczypiorski.
Author: Lotte Jacobi
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Release Date: 2003-01
Lotte Jacobi was the fourth generation of her family to seize a camera to earn a livelihood. Throughout a career that began in the decadent Berlin of the twenties and ended in a simple New Hampshire home, the images she produced - and most especially the portraits - border on the iconic. She was irresistably drawn to artists and writers, musicians, poets and scientists. For over fifty years, she recorded figures who shaped our world and defined the course of the last century. Her portraits of intellectual celebrities like Martin Buber, Kathe Kollwitz, Albert Einstein, May Sarton, and Robert Frost, all executed quickly, surely, and with a deceptive simplicity, are masterful in their delineation of character, and their probe for lineaments of intelligence. Beyond her career in photography, she also served as an official delegate for the arts in Washington, as a mentor to young people, and as an environmental activist. Although there have been previous books about Jacobi, there has never been anything available that compresses her life, her thought, and her most singular images into one affordable volume. Here - drawn from interviews, the material at the Jacobi Archives at the University of New Hampshire, and her own work and words - is a capsule survey of a memorable woman and a singular career.
This book studies fiction works which take real authors as their subject. Characters studies range from Plato, Sappho and Virgil (via Shakespeare), Camoes, Cervantes, Moliere and Goethe, to Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Ernest Hemingway and F.Scott Fitzgerald.
Der 1749 geborene Goethe war ein rastlos tätiger und kreativer Mensch. Als großer Deutscher und Europäer reicht seine Bedeutung weit über das 18. Jahrhundert hinaus; sein Werk ist wesentlicher Bestandteil der Geschichte Deutschlands und Europas und durch die Auseinandersetzung mit seinem Werk ist er bis zum heutigen Tag lebendig geblieben. Die hier gesammelten Beiträge eint ihr unverhohlenes Interesse an Goethes Werk, mehr noch die Faszination, die an exemplarischen Texten dargestellt, zeigt, wie modern und zugleich überzeitlich Goethe in seinen literarisch ästhetischen, weltanschaulichen und politischen Ansichten wirkt. Das hier Vorgelegte provoziert, indem es Eingegrenztes überschreitet und die heutigen Leser dazu anregt, die Goethesche Tiefe mit neuen Augen zu entdecken.
Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 1999-04-01
Thomas Mann (1875-1955) won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1929. This is a collection of his shorter works. "Death in Venice", later filmed by Lucion Visconti starring Dirk Bogarde, was published in 1911. It is a poetic meditation on art and beauty, where the dying composer Aschenbach (modelled on Gustav Mahler) becomes fixated by the young boy Tadzio. The other stories are: "Tonio Kroger"; the collection entitled "Tristan"; "The Blood of the Walsungs"; "Mario the Magician"; and "The Tables of the Law". A number of essays are also included.