Thomas Mann Biography

Author (1875–1955)
German novelist, short-story and essay writer Thomas Mann won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. One of his best-known novels is Death in Venice.


Thomas Mann was born on June 6, 1875, in Lübeck, Germany. He published his first book of short stories, Der kleine Herr Friedemann, in 1898, and his first novel, Buddenbrooks, in 1901, which went on to earn the author international acclaim. More books followed over the years, including a verse-based drama, the novella Death in Venice, and a series of novels depicting the story of Joseph from the Bible. 

In 1929, Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In the late 1930s, he and his wife Katja Pringsheim relocated to the United States, with Mann taking on a lecture position at Princeton University. An outspoken opponent of fascism and Nazism, he continued to write until his death on August 12, 1955, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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