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Arthur Schnitzler (1862–1931)

Author of Dream Story

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About the Author

Arthur Schnitzler, Viennese playwright, novelist, short story writer, and physician, was a sophisticated writer much in vogue in his time. He chose themes of an erotic, romantic, or social nature, expressed with clarity, irony, and subtle wit. Reigen, a series of ten dialogues linking people of show more various social classes through their physical desire for one another, has been filmed many times as La Ronde. As a Jew, Schnitzler was sensitive to the problems of anti-Semitism, which he explored in the play Professor Bernhardi (1913), seen in New York in a performance by the Vienna Burgtheater in 1968. Henry Hatfield calls Schnitzler "second only to Hofmannsthal among the Austrian writers of his generation and one of the most underrated of German authors... . He combined the naturalist's devotion to fact with the impressionist's interest in nuance; in other words, he told the truth" (Modern German Literature). In his most famous story, Lieutenant Gustl (1901), Schnitzler employs the stream-of-consciousness technique in an exposition of the follies and gradual disintegration of society in fin de siecle Vienna. Schnitzler has also been linked with Freud (see Vols. 3 and 5) and is credited with consciously introducing elements of modern psychology into his works. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Arthur Schnitzler

Dream Story (1925) — Author — 1,796 copies
Fraulein Else (1924) 397 copies
Hands Around (1900) — Author — 336 copies
Lieutenant Gustl (1924) — Author — 332 copies
Casanova's Return to Venice (1918) 309 copies
The Road to the Open (1908) 241 copies
Apuesta al amanecer (1927) 137 copies
Reigen / Liebelei (1960) 122 copies
Eyes Wide Shut [screenplay] (1999) — Original story — 121 copies
Late Fame (2014) 112 copies
My Youth in Vienna (1968) 95 copies
Flight Into Darkness (1900) 85 copies
Morire (1911) 83 copies
Vienna 1900 (1973) 80 copies
Undiscovered Country (1911) 69 copies
Beatrice and Her Son (1913) 64 copies
Fräulein Else und andere Erzählungen. (1961) — Author — 61 copies
Anatol (1917) 50 copies
Playing with Love (1992) 50 copies
Plays and Stories (1982) 45 copies
Bertha Garlan (1924) 45 copies
Professor Bernhardi (1972) 41 copies
Meistererzählungen (1950) 35 copies
Erzählungen (1987) 32 copies
Der einsame Weg (1991) 28 copies
Dr. Graesler (1971) 20 copies
The Dead Are Silent (1968) 19 copies
The Green Cockatoo: A Grotesque in One Act (1899) — Author — 18 copies
Die Braut/ Traumnovelle. (1999) — Author — 17 copies
Verhalen (2005) 16 copies
De jonge weduwe (2020) 14 copies
Meisterdramen (1971) — Contributor — 12 copies
La sposa promessa (2006) 11 copies
La moglie del giudice (1994) 10 copies
Little novels, (1929) 9 copies
La Pénombre des âmes (1994) 9 copies
Novelle (1993) 9 copies
Relations et solitudes (1991) 8 copies
Opere (1998) 8 copies
Die Frau des Weisen (1997) 8 copies
Das große Lesebuch (2005) 7 copies
Traumnovelle / Die Braut. — Author — 7 copies
Das dramatische Werk. 2 (1991) 7 copies
Dal grande arlecchino (1904) 6 copies
Sulla psicoanalisi (1990) 6 copies
Contos de Amor e Morte (1999) 6 copies
Frauengeschichten. (2002) 5 copies
Das dramatische Werk. 3 (1990) 5 copies
Das dramatische Werk. 1 (1977) 5 copies
Gesammelte Werke (1970) 5 copies
Das dramatische Werk. 4 (2000) 5 copies
Le Dernier adieu (1988) 5 copies
Der junge Medardus (1996) 5 copies
Schnitzler : Plays (2007) 4 copies
Ich: Erzählungen (1992) 4 copies
Die Hirtenflöte (1998) 4 copies
Ricchezza (2003) 4 copies
Die großen Erzählungen (2006) 4 copies
Komoediantinnen (1990) 3 copies
Der Mörder (2003) 3 copies
Corso am Ring (2002) 3 copies
Viennese Novelettes (1974) 3 copies
Demasqué 2 copies
Comédie des mots (1986) 2 copies
Girotondo-Amoretto (2012) 2 copies
Une petite comédie (2005) 2 copies
La profezia (2012) 2 copies
Die Weissagung 2 copies
Liebelei. Band 1 (2014) 2 copies
Eight Plays (2007) 2 copies
Diari e lettere (2006) 2 copies
ENDERR 2 copies
Commediola 2 copies
Zwischenspiel 2 copies
Flirt 2 copies
Rüya Roman 2 copies
Drámák (2004) 2 copies
Viennese Idylls (1977) 2 copies
Der Ehrentag, 1 Audio-CD (2001) 2 copies
Paracelso (1991) 2 copies
Lesebuch (1978) 2 copies
Dramen (2002) 2 copies
˜L'œappel de la vie (1999) 1 copy
l'etrangere 1 copy
1960 1 copy
Kasna slava : novela (2021) 1 copy
Contos 1 copy
Familie 1 copy
Tagebuch (1981) 1 copy
Minne-spel 1 copy
Engaños (1985) 1 copy
Dans: On Diyalog (2017) 1 copy
Sterben 1 copy
Kreeka tantsijatar (1996) 1 copy
Reigen. Die Einakter. (2000) 1 copy
Strana žena (2013) 1 copy
La fine dell'amore (2009) 1 copy
Ich, Der Ehrentag (2002) 1 copy
Novelle (1985) 1 copy
Später Ruhm: 3 CDs (2014) 1 copy
Medizinische Schriften (1988) 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Tre novelle epistolari (2000) 1 copy

Associated Works

50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contributor — 1,217 copies
A World of Great Stories (1947) 254 copies
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (1943) — Contributor — 107 copies
Great German Short Novels and Stories (1933) — Contributor — 103 copies
German Stories and Tales (1954) — Contributor — 96 copies
German stories. Deutsche Novellen (1961) — Contributor — 94 copies
A golden treasury of Jewish literature (1937) — Contributor — 74 copies
The Modern Theatre, Volume 2 (1955) — Contributor — 74 copies
The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000 (2003) — Contributor — 68 copies
Great German Short Novels and Stories (1933) — Contributor — 58 copies
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 15 copies
Voor het einde 33 Duitse verhalen uit de jaren 1900-1933 (1977) — Contributor — 14 copies
Deutsche Erzählungen 2 (1975) — Contributor — 10 copies
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies
Bachelor's Quarters: Stories from Two Worlds (1944) — Contributor — 7 copies
Erzähler des S. Fischer Verlages 1886-1978 (2018) — Author — 7 copies
Five Modern Plays (1987) — Author — 6 copies
The Story Survey (1953) — Contributor — 6 copies
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Contributor — 5 copies
Ten German Novellas — Contributor — 4 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume Three, Number Twelve) (1953) — Contributor — 4 copies
Lektüreschlüssel — Arthur Schnitzler: Traumnovelle (2010) — Contributor — 3 copies
Wien um 1900. Literarische und graphische Kostbarkeiten (1964) — Contributor — 2 copies
Kokaín: Eine Moderne Revue: Issue 5 (1925) — Contributor — 1 copy
50 seltsame Geschichten — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Other names
Ŝniclo, Arturo
Date of death
Burial location
Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Place of death
Vienna, Austria
Cause of death
brain hemorrhage
Places of residence
Vienna, Austria
University of Vienna (MD|1885)
short story writer
von Hofmannsthal, Hugo (friend)
Beer-Hofmann, Richard (friend)
Schnitzler, Michael (grandson)
Auernheimer, Raoul (friend, correspondent)
Zweig, Stefan (friend, correspondent)
Mann, Thomas (friend, correspondent) (show all 9)
Schnitzler, Heinrich (son)
Feldmann, Else (correspondent)
Zuckerkandl, Bertha (friend)
Young Vienna
Awards and honors
Bauernfeld-Preis (1899)
Short biography
Arthur Schnitzler was born to a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria. His parents were Luise (Markbreiter) and Johann Schnitzler, an internationally renowned physician. He had a brother, Julius and a sister, Gisela. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna from 1879 and received his medical degree in 1885. He practiced medicine for many years, especially psychiatry, but he considered writing his primary career. He first won literary recognition in 1891 with a series of one-act plays. His work Reigen (Round Dance, 1897), a cycle of 10 dramatic dialogues, inspired numerous stage and screen adaptations, including The Merry-Go-Round (Der Reigen, 1920); Circle of Love (1964); and the famous La Ronde (1950). Although successful, Reigen was highly controversial for its frank depiction of sexuality, and was banned in several cities. As a member of the avant-garde group Young Vienna (Jung-Wien), Schnitzler experimented with format as well as social conventions. His satirical 1901 novella Leutnant Gustl (English translation: None but the Brave), was the first European masterpiece written as a stream-of-consciousness interior monologue. It also incurred much anti-Semitic comment, and Schnitzler was dismissed from the regiment where he had done military medical service. His prolific list of other works included more plays, novels, and collections of short stories. In 1903, he married Olga Gussmann, alias Dina Marius, an aspiring actress and singer 20 years his junior with whom he had two children; the couple divorced in 1921. Schnitzler kept a diary from the age of 17 until two days before his death. It was published posthumously, along with collections of his letters and his autobiography, Jugend in Wien (My Youth in Vienna, 1968). Schnitzler's works were banned by the Nazis in Austria and Germany and burned along with those of other Jews, including Einstein, Marx, Kafka, and Freud. The majority of his papers, which included unpublished texts, was saved from the Nazis in 1938 by Eric A. Blackall, a British citizen living in Vienna at the time. They were later donated to the Cambridge University Library. Schnitzler's son Heinrich, a theater director, tried to get the documents back but did not succeed.



Read this in French since I'm still reading exclusively in the language until further notice but still wanted to take this on - Traumnovelle is probably best known today as the source for the Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut and for much of the early sections of the book I found that the film drew quite closely from it outside of changed setting/period, but as it goes along the two diverge in some important ways which made this interesting in its own right. A beautifully written evocation of dreams, fidelity, desires, cities at night, and the seamy underbelly of urban life, wrapped with enough symbolism and mystery to make it worth coming back to again and again.… (more)
franderochefort | 26 other reviews | Aug 9, 2023 |
This book examines the inner world of a man who has lived his life, who has made compromises and is reconciled to them. He is fleetingly encouraged to think that his moment may not yet have passed when younger poets "discover" his early work, work written before he blended into mainstream humdrum struggle of simply living. We see you hopes for acknowledgement and his chagrin when he realizes that this spotlight , too, will be fleeting. Good character study, some interesting meditations on age. Short, easy read.… (more)
brianstagner | 7 other reviews | May 28, 2023 |
Ganz ok, aber Schnitzler spricht mich irgendwie nicht an.
Für mich ist er eine brave Stefan Zweig - Ausgabe.
chepedaja3527 | Aug 23, 2022 |
Lieutenant Gustl is Arthur Schnitzler’s short story about an Austrian soldier. Written in stream of consciousness, we experience with Gustl his eerie thought, so we know the truth of what he thinks and who he is, and what we find is a man overly concerned with the false front he presents to the world around him. His idea of honor is a twisted one, and I would dare say he spurns those who have true honor in favor of those who simply adhere to a sham of having it.

I enjoyed the ending of the story, because I feel pretty certain that I could predict what would likely come directly after. Of course, we only know what we are told in the story, but I couldn’t help having some ideas of my own.
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mattorsara | 4 other reviews | Aug 11, 2022 |



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