"Thomas Mann"

Thomas Mann
Public DomainThomas Mann - Credit: Carl Van Vechten

A German novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Mann (1875-1955) is best known for Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain, and Doctor Faustus.

Based in Zurich, Switzerland (where Tomas and Tereza move for six or seven months and he continues to meet Sabina on the sly), Mann won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, fled the Nazi takeover in 1939 to move to the United States, but returned to Zurich in 1952 where he died three years later.

His writings are notable for focusing on the psychology of artists and intellectuals.