Edited By Lorenzo Bellettini and Peter Hutchinson
LORENZO BELLETTINI AND CHRISTIAN STAUFENBIEL The Schnitzler Nachlass. Saved by a Cambridge Student 11
LORENZO BELLETTINI AND CHRISTIAN STAUFENBIEL The Schnitzler Nachlass Saved by a Cambridge Student This essay aims first to of fer an overview of the extent of Arthur Schnitzler’s papers and where they are preserved today. Second, it will tell the story of how, in 1938, a Cambridge student adventurously rescued this legacy from certain destruction and brought it to England.1 Lastly, it will present a few details concerning the story of the catalogues of the papers. Schnitzler’s Nachlass and its locations Schnitzler was a careful collector and meticulous archivist of his own papers. Not only did he collect all his drafts, first ideas and sketches, but he also took great care in sorting them. In his will, Schnitzler suggested that he kept all this material “mehr aus Pedanterie als aus Pietät”, but hoped it might be useful as “Beiträge zur Physiologie (auch Pathologie!) des Schaf fens”.2 Otto P. Schinnerer, who had access to the material in 1932 (when it was still kept in Schnitzler’s house in Vienna), described it in a paper published in 1933: “The Nachlass proper is preserved in 227 folders, arranged and filed 1 A version of the second part of this contribution has meanwhile appeared in German and Italian: Lorenzo Bellettini, “Deckname ‘Tiarks’”, Die Presse, 19 July 2008, Spectrum, p. iv; and Id., “Schnitzler. Le carte in salvo”, La Repubblica, 21 August 2008, pp. 40–41. 2 Arthur Schnitzler, “Bestimmungen über meinen schriftlichen Nachlass (Wien, 16. August 1918)”, in Jutta Müller and...
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