Thomas Mann's correspondence with French Germanist Felix Bertaux between 1923 and 1948 deals with the writer's business of foreign translations, contracts, criticism, publicity and lecture tours. It also reflects the development of friendships and the disruptions caused by exile and war. It will be of interest to historians, literary scholars, international relations specialists as well as students and general readers, since the correspondence, made more accessible through its English translation, can be read as a journal of the development of Thomas Mann's international career and his lasting friendships.
The Author: Biruta Cap (Ph.D. Rutgers) teaches foreign languages and international studies at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has served as Mid-Atlantic States representative to the American Association of Teachers of French and as board member of the National Association for Self-Instructional Languages, presented papers and workshops at national and international conferences on literary and cultural topics, published articles on German, French and comparative literature, contributed to several bibliographies and reference works, and reviewed numerous books. She is the co-editor of another literary correspondence: Charles Du Bos - Jacques & Isabelle Riviere, 1913-1935.