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Title:
Thomas Mann's Death in Venice : a reference guide
Author:
Shookman, Ellis.
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Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
ix, 155 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313311598
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Death in Venice , by Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann, is one of the most popular and widely taught works of German literature. It is also a complex work of art that challenges its readers. This reference is a convenient guide to the novella. In addition to providing a plot summary, the volume helps students and general readers discover the literary and intellectual qualities of Mann's famous story.

The guide alsos surveys Mann's life and works, compares Death in Venice to Mann's other fiction, as well as to works by other writers, summarizes the events Mann relates, and discusses the genesis, editions, and English translations of his novella. Mann's literary and non-literary influences are considered, along with his narrative style, and the historical, cultural, and sociological factors surrounding Death in Venice . The guide also explains how the issues Mann treated remain current today, and reviews the critical and scholarly reception of his text.


Author Notes

ELLIS SHOOKMAN is Associate Professor of German at Dartmouth College. His previous books include Eighteenth-Century German Prose (1992), The Faces of Physiognomy (1993), Noble Lies, Slant Truths, Necessary Angels: Aspects of Fictionality in the Novels of Christoph Martin Wieland (1997), and Thomas Mann's Death in Venice: A Novella and Its Critics (2003).


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ideas
Narrative Art
Reception
Bibliographical Essay
Index