Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer. Before turning to writing, Mann worked for an insurance company.
Mann wove much his own family history in his early novel Buddenbrooks (1901), a family that ends up in social decline. Mann published Buddenbrooks when he was 26 years old. Other famous novels include The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg, 1924), Lotte in Weimar (1939), Doktor Faustus (1947), and Confessions of Felix Krull (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, 1954), and novellas such as Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig, 1912), which reflects his struggles with homosexuality, as confirmed by his unsealed diaries later on, and Tonio Kröger. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. In Europe his name was linked with the intellectual movement that sought to bring closer harmony among peoples.
He died in 1955 at the age of 80, following a thrombosis, or blood clot.