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Thomas Mann’s Addresses Delivered at the Library of Congress

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Don Heinrich Tolzmann

After coming to the United States, Thomas Mann was appointed Consultant in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Library of Congress, which has one of the largest German collections in the world. Part of his responsibilities was to present an annual lecture at the Library of Congress. This collection consists of the lectures he held there, and deals with the following topics: The Theme of the Joseph Novels; The War and the Future; Germany and the Germans; Nietzsche's Philosophy in the Light of Contemporary Events; and, Goethe and Democracy. In America, Thomas Mann was looked on as an authority figure, and was even referred to as the «Kaiser of the German émigrés», and as a latter-day Goethe. As the most influential and respected German in America, his lectures no doubt contributed to the American image of Germany, as well as of German culture in general, and are of great interest and significance as they relate to the history of German-American relations.
Contents: Thomas Mann’s lectures at the Library of Congress – Thomas Mann’s view of the future Germany – Thomas Mann and America – Thomas Mann’s view of Goethe – Thomas Mann as a German-American.