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Schnitzler’s Hidden Manuscripts

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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in November 2006, aims to shed new light on Schnitzler’s œuvre and his period by focusing on his as yet largely unpublished literary remains, his ‘hidden manuscripts’.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the basis of such private documents as his diaries and letters; the plethora of existing variants, both published and unpublished, and their usefulness for our understanding of Schnitzler’s work, from the Anatol cycle to the ‘scandalous’ Reigen – in the light of the discovery of its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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EDWARD TIMMS Critique of a Journalistic Age. Arthur Schnitzler and Karl Kraus 49

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EDWARD TIMMS Critique of a Journalistic Age Arthur Schnitzler and Karl Kraus This essay reviews the principal phases in the relationship between Karl Kraus and Arthur Schnitzler, highlighting their contrasting attitudes to journalism. The sources include handwritten letters by Kraus, rescued from the clutches of the Nazis in 1938 through the ef forts of Eric Blackall, a Cambridge student who befriended the Schnitzler family. These letters form part of the Arthur Schnitzler Collection in Cambridge University Library, which also includes numerous drafts of the “play about journalists” on which the dramatist worked for fifteen years, finally published in 1917 under the title Fink und Fliederbusch. Even more significant is a further resource that remained hidden for decades after Schnitzler’s death – his private diaries. These, too, might not have survived if they had not been smuggled out of the country after Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany. Published complete in ten substantial volumes, the diaries of fer fascinating insights into the culture in early twentieth-century Vienna, including the journalistic milieu that framed Schnitzler’s career and formed the grist of Kraus’s satire.1 The early twentieth century was the great age of the newspaper press, as mass literacy endowed the printed word with unprecedented power. Newspaper production was revolutionized by rotary presses and linotype composing machines, while modern roads and railways, together with the telephone, telegram and teleprinter, were transforming communications. In Western Europe, democratic institutions, social reforms and scientific 1 This chapter is indebted both to the team that edited Schnitzler’s diaries,...

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