Cursed Legacy

Cursed Legacy

The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann

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Yale University
Son of the famous Thomas Mann, homosexual, drug-addicted, and forced to flee from his fatherland, the gifted writer Klaus Mann’s comparatively short life was as artistically productive as it was devastatingly dislocated. Best-known today as the author of Mephisto, the literary enfant terrible of the Weimar era produced seven novels, a dozen plays, four biographies, and three autobiographies—among them the first works in Germany to tackle gay issues—amidst a prodigious artistic output. He was among the first to take up his pen against the Nazis, as a reward for which he was blacklisted and denounced as a dangerous half-Jew, his books burnt in public squares around Germany, and his citizenship revoked. Having served with the U.S. military in Italy, he was nevertheless undone by anti-Communist fanatics in Cold War-era America and Germany, dying in France (though not, as all other books contend, by his own hand) at age forty-two. 

Powerful, revealing, and compulsively readable, this first English-language biography of Klaus Mann charts the effects of reactionary politics on art and literature and tells the moving story of a supreme talent destroyed by personal circumstance and the seismic events of the twentieth century.


Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the life of the provocative German author who was among the first in his country to use his pen against the Nazis and write works featuring homosexuality, before meeting a suspicious end at age forty-two.

Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780300218008
0300218001
Branch Call Number: 833.912 M3156s 2016
Characteristics: 338 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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