Quotation by Thomas Mann

What was it that drove these thousands into the arms of his art—what but the blissfully sensuous, searing, sense-consuming, intoxicating, hypnotically caressing, heavily upholstered—in a word, the luxurious quality of his music?
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größ Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau," Berlin, Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 242, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).

Thomas Mann on the reception of Richard Wagner's music.
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