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THOMAS MANN (1875-1955)
Nobel Prize-Winning Author
Thomas Mann was one of Germany's greatest twentieth-century authors, and winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize for literature. He wrote numerous novels, short stories, and essays which explored homosexuality (including sexual attraction to boys), morality, art, duty, and sacrifice.
Among Mann's most famous works is Buddenbrooks (1901), which appeared when he was 26, and which has won recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature.
Mann's diaries and letters, along with several essays and prose works, provide evidence of his erotic attraction to boys. Of particular interest to literary historians have been the relationships he formed with Paul Ehrenburg and Klaus Heuser. The relationship with Heuser began when Heuser was 16 and Mann was 52.
In 1911, while Mann was vacationing in Venice, he became very attracted to an 11-year old Polish boy named Wladyslaw Moes. This experience led him to write his novella "Death in Venice" (1912). In the story, a famous author keeps his life under tight control until he travels to Venice where he sees a beautiful Polish boy of fourteen. The author is enraptured by the blond youth's beauty, and is overwhelmed by the passion he develops for this youth.
Mann's works also include "The Magic Mountain", a novella about homosexual boys, and "Mario and the Magician." In the latter, a magician is captivated by Mario, an attractive boy whom he entices to assist him in his act. The magician refers to Mario as "Ganymede," and wishes to play the role of Zeus.
On Hitler's rise to power, Mann moved to Switzerland, then finally settled in the United States in 1936, where he worked at the University of Princeton.
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