This study examines the concept of inspiration in Thomas Mann's major novels and the redemptive possibilities of the artist vis-a-vis his society. Mann's high moral seriousness is revealed in his belief that the artist embodies the society's concealed illness and through his art provides the possibility of a healing catharsis.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1987. 168 pp.
Contents: Certain gorgeous butterflies, writes Serenus Zeitblom in Doctor Faustus, are visible and seductive - Yet
they fly about with perfect ease because the world knows them to be disgusting to eat - Others, equally beautiful, are perfectly
edible; they also fly untouched. They are inedible by association. So Thomas Mann described the plight of art and the artist
in his own time.