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Der Tod in Venedig and Felix Krull: The Effect of the Interruption in the Composition of Thomas Mann’s Felix Krull Caused by Der Tod in Venedig

  • James Northcote-Bade
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Abstract

Many of the structural, stylistic and thematic changes characteristic of the later parts of Felix Krull are already to be found in the six chapters written directly after the break to write Der Tod in Venedigs, which indicates that this first interruption (1911–1912) in the composition of the novel was just as decisive as the 38-year break of 1913–1951.

Zusammenfassung

Viele der in den späteren Teilen von Felix Krull vorhandenen strukturellen, stilistischen und thematischen Veränderungen sind schon in den sechs gleich nach der “Tod in Venedig-Unterbrechung” geschriebenen Kapiteln zu finden. Das deutet darauf hin, daß diese erste Pause in der Niederschrift des Romans (1911–1912) ebenso wichtig war wie die zweite, 38 Jahre dauernde Unterbrechung der Jahre 1913–1951.

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Literatur

  1. 17.
    The sketch of the brother and sister on the balcony was expanded slightly in the 1954 version, possibly with the Argentina episode in mind. See Eva Schiffer, “Changes in an episode: a note on ‘Felix Krull’,” MLQ, 24 (1963), 256–262. The Rosza scene was, incidentally, also changed when Mann recommenced work on the novel in 1951.Google Scholar

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© Metzler 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Northcote-Bade
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  1. 1.AucklandNew Zealand

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