Buddenbrooks Author:Thomas Mann BUDDENBROOKS, first published in Germany in 1901, when Thomas Mann was only twenty-six, has become a great classic of modern literature. In this story of the four generations of a wealthy burgher family of North Germany, Mann drew with consummate skill a completely rounded picture of middle-class life--the births, christenings, marriages, divor... more »ces, deaths,; the commercial successes and failures. These are common-place happenings--intrinsically the same, yet different as they occur in the lives of the several generations. For as long as the Buddenbrooks remained true to the instincts and faculties upon which their greatness was founded, all went well with them. Their downfall became certain the moment they were touched by modern influences fundamentally at variance with their own traditions.
Thomas Mann, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, is the author of DEATH IN VENICE, ESSAYS, and THE TRANSPOSED HEADS, also in VINTAGE. Among his many other volumes of fiction, the best known are THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN, JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS, and DOCTOR FAUSTUS. All of these are published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.« less