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David Blackbourn: Heinrich and Thomas Mann

15 October 1998
Letters of Heinrich and Thomas Mann, 1900-49 
edited by Hans Wysling, translated by Don Reneau.
California, 444 pp., £40, March 1998, 0 520 07278 2
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... the First World War, however, for Heinrich’s letters have not survived. His responses have to be inferred from what Thomas writes, supplemented by Heinrich’s correspondence with others cited in HansWysling’s excellent notes. In the earliest letters Thomas’s everyday concerns are worked up into comedy – his release from military service for flat feet, the visit to a dentist ‘known for ...

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