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Thomas Mann was born in Lübeck, Germany, in 1875. He studied literature, economics, history and art history at Lübeck and Munich, to become a journalist. While spending a year in Italy he began to write his novel Buddenbrooks, which was later published in 1901. He began his career as an author at the German satirical magazine Simplicissimus. In 1912 he published Death in Venice and began his work on The Magic Mountain that same year, published in 1924. His literary reputation allowed him to travel extensively during the early 1920s to Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, and Spain. In 1924 he was invited as an honorary member of the PEN-Club London. In 1929, Mann received the Nobel Prize in Literature. During the Weimar Republic, he tried to denounce the resurgence of nationalists. Mann moved into exile in 1933 and subsequently renounced his German citizenship in 1936. Acquiring American citizenship in 1940, he lived in the US until 1952. He then returned to Switzerland where he died in 1955.
Mann joined the Permanent Committee on Arts and Letters in 1931. He participated at interviews organised and subsequently published by the IIIC: Entretiens sur Goethe (1932), L'Avenir de l'esprit européen (1934), Vers un nouvel humanisme (1937).
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- UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI, "Bulletin de la Coopération intellectuelle", n°3, mars 1931, p. 106.
- UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/ 01. "Première session du Comité permanent des Lettres et des Arts. Les Arts et les Lettres à la Société des Nations. Propositions de MM. Paul Valéry et Henri Focillon". Supplément au n°7-8 du Bulletin de la Coopération intellectuelle. Paris : IICI, 1931. 51 pages.
- UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/2/1. IICI, Entretiens sur Goethe à l'occasion du centenaire de sa mort. Paris : IICI, 1932. P. 12-20, 91-92, 191-198.
- UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/2/3. IICI, L'Avenir de l'esprit européen. Paris : IICI, 1934. P.47.
- UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/2/6. IICI, Vers un nouvel humanisme. Paris : IICI, 1937. P. 53-55, 169-176.
- « Thomas Mann : autobiography » et « Biographical note ». Retrieved from http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1929/mann.html Accessed 20 October 2011.