Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig
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Drawing on a great wealth of newly available sources, this definitive biography recounts the eventful life of a great writer spoilt by success-a life lived in the shadow of two world wars, and which ended tragically in a suicide pact.
Matuschek examines three major phases in the life of the world-famous Austrian author-his years of apprenticeship, his years of success as a professional working writer in Salzburg, and finally his years of exile in Britain, the USA and Brazil.
Including the sort of personal detail conspicuously absent from Zweig's memoir, and incorporating newly discovered documents, Matuschek's biography offers us a privileged view into the private world of the master of psychological insight.
Lamm des Armen in Hanover on the 15th of March 1930. From left to right: Raul Lange (Fouché), Carola Wagner (Pauline Fourès), Stefan Zweig, the director Georg Altmann, Theodor Becker (François Fourès) and Hugo Rudolph (Napoleon Bonaparte). Lapses Everything is on hold with me at the moment, and I can’t make any plans.1 To Karl Geigy-Hagenbach 27th November 1933 THE PREMIERE OF Das Lamm des Armen took place on the evening of 15th March 1930 with simultaneous performances in a number
in which, as a result of misinformation, he had made an embarrassing error, which the printer had only been able to correct in some copies of the first edition. In the autumn of the same year Reichner had published the two volumes Die Kette and Kaleidoskop, which contained Zweig’s collected novellas and short stories. But certain editorial decisions had been taken without consulting the author, who fumed with rage at his publisher: “He’s done everything wrong. Instead of the title Collected Short
exceptions. In preparing the present study, however, the author has had extensive access for the first time to unpublished correspondence of Alfred Zweig’s, which survives in three large bundles of letters running to several hundred pages. These comprise the following: —The letters that Alfred Zweig wrote to Stefan’s heirs and his second wife Lotte. Many of them deal with issues relating to the family fortune and the management of the weaving mill once owned by the Zweigs, which had brought them
fresh in her mind, Friderike preferred to stay away from the wedding, asking their friend Felix Braun to represent her instead. Also present as official witnesses to the marriage were Hans Prager and Eugen Antoine, while Stefan’s brother Alfred represented the Zweig family. Consequently on the day named in the invitation to the “homosexual ceremony”, 28th January 1920, it was an exclusively male company that assembled in the registrar’s chambers in the Town Hall of Vienna, just a short walk away
also—reading between the lines—the complaint of the sorely tried paterfamilias, who frequently observed with displeasure the goings-on around him. Friderike and her daughters were by no means averse to certain modern pleasures. So it looked as if he was addressing himself not least to them: One [ … ] example: the radio. All these inventions have but one purpose: synchronicity. The citizens of London, Paris and Vienna hear the same thing at exactly the same time, and this synchronicity, this