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Schnitzler’s Hidden Manuscripts


Edited By Lorenzo Bellettini and Peter Hutchinson

This volume, which takes its title from an international conference held at the University of Cambridge in November 2006, aims to shed new light on Schnitzler’s œuvre and his period by focusing on his as yet largely unpublished literary remains, his ‘hidden manuscripts’. Among the key topics covered in this collection are: the reconstruction of the adventurous rescue of the manuscripts from Vienna in 1938 and a description of their current locations; an overview of the author’s life, in its historical context, on the basis of such private documents as his diaries and letters; the plethora of existing variants, both published and unpublished, and their usefulness for our understanding of Schnitzler’s work, from the Anatol cycle to the ‘scandalous’ Reigen – in the light of the discovery of its original manuscript – and Schnitzler’s planned (but never completed) work on the historical figure of Emperor Joseph II; Schnitzler’s difficult relationship with one of the most influential journalists of his time, Karl Kraus, and his literary friendship with a close but hitherto neglected contemporary, Gustav Schwarzkopf; the network of intertextual references ‘hidden’ in the revolutionary monologue novella Lieutenant Gustl against the background of Hermann Bahr’s modernist theory of literature; and finally, Schnitzler’s ‘hidden legacy’ in our own epoch. This book contains contributions in both English and German.


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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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