Thomas Mann


Birthday June 6, 1875

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Lubeck, Germany

DEATH DATE Aug 12, 1955 (80)

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German author of The Magic Mountain and Death in Venice. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929 and is recognized for his skill in incorporating symbolism, irony, psychology, and philosophy into his novels and novellas.

Before Fame

He studied literature, economics, art history, and history at Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich and at the Technical University of Munich. He subsequently worked briefly for the South German Fire Insurance Company.


His short story, Death in Venice, reflected an internal conflict over his own sexuality.

Family Life

He was born in Lubeck, Germany to Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann and Julia da Silva Bruhns. Despite his homosexual inclinations, Mann married Katia Pringsheim in 1905, and the couple had six children.

Associated With

He analyzed and critiqued the work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.