Quotation by Thomas Mann

Was it an intellectual consequence of this 'rebirth,' of this new dignity and rigor, that, at about the same time, his sense of beauty was observed to undergo an almost excessive resurgence, that his style took on the noble purity, simplicity and symmetry that were to set upon all his subsequent works that so evident and evidently intentional stamp of the classical master.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23, Oct. and Nov. 1912. Death in Venice, ch. 2, p. 204, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988).

Gustav Aschenbach's (the novella's main protagonist) and Thomas Mann's programmatic attempt to overcome fin de siècle decadence through neoclassicist aesthetics.
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