Thomas Mann: Tristan (1420 words)

David Gallagher (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Tristan (1903), Thomas Mann’s first fully developed Künstlernovelle (artist novella), was originally rejected by the Neue Deutsche Rundschau as unsuitable for publication, but was later published by Samuel Fischer. In a letter of 13 February 1901 Mann wrote to his brother Heinrich announcing Eine Burleske, die ich in Arbeit habe, und die wahrscheinlich ‘Tristan’ heissen wird” [“A burlesque I am working on, which will probably be called ‘Tristan’“]. This “burlesque“ novella shares with Der kleine Herr Friedemann [Little Herr Friedemann] the theme of the artist struggling for a means of self-…

Citation: Gallagher, David. "Tristan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2007 [, accessed 16 August 2022.]

12338 Tristan 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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