Mann, Heinrich

Mann, Heinrich hīn´rĭkh män [key], 1871–1950, German novelist older brother of Thomas Mann . He was a prolific author themes of social criticism dominate his works. The Poor (1917, tr. 1917) and The Chief (1925, tr. 1925) deal with regeneration through democracy. The famous Professor Unrat (1905 tr. The Blue Angel, 1932, film 1930 tr. Small Town Tyrant, 1944) tells of the degeneration of a professor through his love for a corrupt woman and of his attempt, in turn, to corrupt others. Die Göttinnen (3 vol., 1902–4 tr. The Goddess, 1918, Diana, 1929) explores sensuality and perversity. The theme of the artist as decadent is found in the novellas of Flöten und Dolche [flutes and daggers] (2 vol., 1904–5).

See H. Wysling, ed., Letters of Heinrich and Thomas Mann, 1900–1949 (1998) Mann's autobiographical Revisiting an Era (1945) N. Hamilton, The Brothers Mann: The Lives of Heinrich and Thomas Mann (1978) and E. Juers, House of Exile: The Lives and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann (2011) studies by D. Roberts (1971) and K. V. Gunnemann (2002).

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