PATRICK ZUTSHI Prefatory Note xi
PATRICK ZUTSHI Prefatory Note Arthur Schnitzler, in a memorable phrase, stated that he had preserved his manuscripts and letters “mehr aus Pedanterie als aus Pietät”, adding in a rather self-deprecatory way that they might at least be of interest “als Beiträge zur Physiologie (auch Pathologie!) des Schaf fens”. This is in marked contrast to the many authors who either did not trouble to preserve their papers at all or who left them in complete disarray. Following Schnitzler’s death in 1931, his widow Olga, his son Heinrich and his secretary Frieda Pollak continued to care for the papers in his house in Vienna. The dramatic story of how Schnitzler’s papers were rescued from the National Socialists at the time of the Anschluss and donated to Cambridge University Library, through the initiative of a Cambridge student, Eric Blackall, and with the help of the British embassy in Vienna, is well known. It is told in greater detail than before, using the correspondence of the then Librarian of Cambridge University, in the opening essay in this volume by Lorenzo Bellettini and Christian Staufenbiel. Olga Schnitzler soon removed from Cambridge to the United States the more personal papers in the archive, including her husband’s diaries. These documents passed to their son and returned with him to Vienna in 1957. Heinrich Schnitzler returned a small proportion of these papers to Cambridge in 1971, and the remainder were transferred to the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach in 1984. The vicissitudes of the papers after the...
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