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Thomas Mann's WarLiterature, Politics, and the World Republic of Letters$
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Tobias Boes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501744990

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501744990.001.0001

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Interlude I: Joseph in Egypt (1938)

Interlude I: Joseph in Egypt (1938)

(p.77) Interlude I: Joseph in Egypt (1938)
Thomas Mann's War

Tobias Boes

Cornell University Press

On February 28, 1938, almost exactly a week after Thomas Mann’s triumphant arrival in New York, Alfred A. Knopf published Joseph in Egypt, the third in the monumental series of biblical novels on which the author had begun working twelve years earlier. The book was greeted with rapturous enthusiasm and marked the high point of Mann’s critical acclaim from a purely literary point of view: while even greater laurels were as yet in store for him, they would all be given more for his services to democracy than for those to modern fiction....

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