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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in November 2006, aims to shed new light on Schnitzler’s œuvre and his period by focusing on his as yet largely unpublished literary remains, his ‘hidden manuscripts’.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the basis of such private documents as his diaries and letters; the plethora of existing variants, both published and unpublished, and their usefulness for our understanding of Schnitzler’s work, from the Anatol cycle to the ‘scandalous’ Reigen – in the light of the discovery of its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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LORENZO BELLETTINI Proximity and Distance. Schnitzler, Schwarzkopfand Der Ruf des Lebens 119


LORENZO BELLETTINI Proximity and Distance Schnitzler, Schwarzkopf and Der Ruf des Lebens Gustav Schwarzkopf (1853–1939) – novelist, critic, journalist and later “lite- rarischer Beirat” of the Burgtheater – is one of the most frequently men- tioned characters in Schnitzler’s diaries.1 He also served as a model for a central fictional character in Schnitzler’s oeuvre, the Jewish atheist Edmund Nürnberger in the novel Der Weg ins Freie (1908). Above all, Schwarzkopf ’s prominent status derives from the exceptional circumstance that he repre- sents the only documented example of direct collaboration within Jung Wien after Hofmannsthal’s 1892 verse introduction to Schnitzler’s Anatol. Just like Hofmannsthal’s text, Schwarzkopf ’s hitherto unpublished notes are of par- ticular significance in Schnitzler’s Nachlass.2 Other creative written responses 1 I would like to express my gratitude to Dr Peter Michael Braunwarth of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna for his generous assistance with some of the transcrip- tions discussed here. 2 Loris [i.e. Hugo von Hofmannsthal], “Einleitung” zu Anatol [1892], folder B 43b/1, Schnitzler Papers, University Library (ULC), Cambridge. Schwarzkopf wrote a series of unpublished observations – now preserved in Cambridge and Marbach – for Schnitzler during his work on various plays in the period 1903–1915: i) notes on Der einsame Weg (1904) (handwritten) (in the Schnitzler/Schwarzkopf correspondence, folder B 96, Schnitzler Papers, ULC), not mentioned in the catalogue by Jutta Müller and Gerhard Neumann, Der Nachlaß Arthur Schnitzlers (Munich: Fink, 1969); ii) notes on Professor Bernhardi (typed), folder A 117.4, Schnitzler Papers, ULC (mentioned in...

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