- Thomas Mann (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Thomas Mann (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Thomas Mann (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Thomas Mann (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Thomas Mann
- First Published: 1926
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: About 1922
- Setting: Munich
- Characters: Dr. Cornelius, Frau Cornelius, Ingrid, Bert, Ellie, Snapper, Max Hergesell
- Genres: Short fiction, Domestic realism
- Subjects: Values, Children, Family or family life, World War I, Personality, Economic conditions, Generation gap, Parties, Dinners or dining, Inflation
- Locales: Europe, Germany, Munich, Germany
At midday dinner, all the Cornelius family members are introduced, their personalities quickly sketched, and their relations with one another indicated. Told entirely from the point of view of the professor, the story begins as his two older children, Ingrid and Bert, remind him that they are giving a party that evening. Ingrid assures her father that he will not be disturbed. Somewhat disconcerted by the slight disruption of his orderly routine, the professor nevertheless is determined to be affable in his formal, old-fashioned way. It is clear from the beginning of...
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