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Six Early Stories
"When, in the throes of intense happiness or sorrow, man despairs of confiding in another human being, he will often turn to nature to vent the overabundance of his emotions, which, in its mighty serenity, at times really seems to understand what's happening." (74)This collection of six early stories by Mann includes A Vision / "Prose Sketch" (1893), Fallen (1894), The Will to Happiness (1896), Death (1897), Avenged / "Study for a Novella" (1899), and Anecdote (1908). The stories are experimental in nature and foreshadow many of the themes to which Mann would return in his later works. The short pieces—most of which are ironic, post-Nietzschean, psychological sketches—are interesting as preludes to what is to come, but they're also nice to read in their own right.
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