Thomas Mann's 'Death in Venice' (1884)

Two Mondays: August 20 and 27th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

$80 (10% off for members)

“We artists cannot tread the path of Beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide.” (Thomas Mann, Death in Venice, trans. David Luke)       

The unmistakable genius of Thoman Mann was to infuse distinct narratives with themes which can be traced like leitmotifs across the many movements of a symphonic oeuvre— Singularity and decay; repression and creativity; prodigy and social pallor; sensuality and immorality; Geist (spirit) vs. Leben (life).  The short stories and novellas captured Mann’s preoccupations at the highest intensity. More than mere overtures to the great novels Buddenbrooks (1901), The Magic Mountain (1924), and Doctor Faustus (1947), the short works that Mann wrote between 1898 and 1912 form complete expressions of philosophies and personal experiences transmuted into fiction.

Over two sessions, we will be taking a sharp pinch of Thomas Mann’s important shorter works, including Tristan, Tonio Kröger, and Death in Venice--the place where his classical learning and aesthetic inheritance was fully embodied in the psychology of Aschenbach (“Ash-Brook), the dignified author who loses his life in his infatuation for a beautiful boy on the isle of the baroque arts.  At the center of every tale is the figure of the artist, observed, questioned, and plumbed for impulses and drives, and wrapped in “the shot silk” of Mann’s layered and allusive style. 

Death in Venice and other tales, Thomas Mann, Trans. Joachim Neugroschel (9780141181738)

Optional: Norton Edition Death in Venice, Thomas Mann, trans and ed. Clayton Koelb (9780393960136)



Nicole Miller’s prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The Mays, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil. in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C

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Death in Venice Cover Image
By Thomas Mann, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780141181738
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 1st, 1999

Death in Venice (Norton Critical Editions) Cover Image
By Thomas Mann, Clayton Koelb (Editor), Clayton Koelb (Translator)
ISBN: 9780393960136
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 1994