Thomas Mann was born in 1875 in Germany. He was only twenty-five
when his first novel, Buddenbrooks, was published. In 1924
The Magic Mountain was published, and, five years later,
Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Following the rise
of the Nazis to power, he left Germany for good in 1933 to live in
Switzerland and then in California, where he wrote Doctor
Faustus (first published in the United States in 1948). Thomas
Mann died in 1955.
From the Hardcover edition.