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Mann, Thomas

Born: 1875 AD
Died: 1955 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Essayists, Novelists, Writers

1875 – He was born on the 6th day of June this year in Lubeck, Germany.


1891 – He resided in Munich from this year until 1933, with the exception of a yearlong stay in Palestrina, Italy, with his older brother Heinrich, also a novelist.


1894 – He worked with the South German Fire Insurance Company from this year until 1895.


1898 – His first short story, "Little Herr Friedemann" (Der Kleine Herr Friedemann), was published in this year.


1905 – He married Katia Pringsheim, daughter of a prominent, secular Jewish family of intellectuals. They had six children.


1922 – He also gave a lecture at the Beethovensaal in Berlin on October 13 of this year, which appeared in Die neue Rundschau in November 1922, in which he developed his eccentric defence of the Republic, based on extensive close readings of Novalis and Walt Whitman.


1929 – He became this year’s Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and often ironic epic novels and mid-length stories, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and intellectual.


1930 – He gave a public address in Berlin titled "An Appeal to Reason," in which he strongly denounced Nazism and encouraged resistance by the working class.


1942 – He and his family moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where they remained until after the end of World War II. In addition, on June 23, 1944 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.


1949 – His most important visit to Germany was in this year, at the occasion of the 200th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, where he attended celebrations in both Frankfurt am Main and Weimar, making a clear statement that German culture extends beyond the new political borders.


1952 – He returned to Europe in this year, where he resided in Kilchberg near Zürich in Switzerland.


1955 –  At age 80, he died atherosclerosis in a hospital in Zürich on the 12th day of August this year in Zurich, Germany.