Thomas Mann World Literature Analysis - Essay

Thomas Mann World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In a creative life as prolific and varied as Mann’s, it is very difficult to enumerate one or several overall themes that permeate his literary output. One general theme is the search for spiritual meaning in one’s life, which is necessarily concerned with banal details of business, family relations, and everyday activities. The dichotomy between spirit (Geist) and life (Leben) in Mann’s work has an authentic ring inasmuch as Mann himself was both a member of the upper bourgeoisie and a creative artist of the highest caliber. This concern with the spiritual dimension of life led Mann to investigate the philosophical and religious thought not only of German civilization but also of the Greek, ancient Hebrew,...

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