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(09/30/2008) Little Novels by Arthur Schnitzler. New York. 1929. Simon & Schuster. Translated From The German By Eric Sutton. keywords: Literature Translated Germany Austria. 279 pages.

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   Faintly reminiscent of the clinical casebooks of Freud and Stekel are these ten compact novels, no longer than short stories, written at various times in Schnitzler's career, now translated into English for the first time. CONTENTS: The Fate of the Baron; The Stranger; The Greek Dancing-Girl; The Prophecy; Blind Geronimo and His Brother; Andreas Thameyer's Last Letter; Redegonda's Diary; Dead Gabriel; The Murderer; and The Death of a Bachelor.

Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian dramatist and novelist. The son of a prominent Jewish Viennese physician, he studied and practiced medicine until he attracted critical notice with his drama ANATOL, a cycle of one-act plays concerning a philanderer. He followed a similar format in LA RONDE, a cycle of plays about related sexual liaisons, which later served as inspiration for a 1950 Max Ophuls film and a 1998 David Hare drama. Schnitzler's plays, novellas, and novels of fin-de-siecle Vienna are distinguished by their sparkling wit, brilliant style, and clinical observations of human psychology and social disintegration. His concern is with individual happiness, his approach is subtle and amoral, his tone unsentimental and ironic, and his dramatic problems often focused on love and sexual faithfulness. Among his more significant dramas are Liebelei ; THE LONELY WAY, on artistic dedication; THE VAST DOMAIN ; and PROFESSOR BERNHARDI a tragedy about anti-Semitism. Of his novels, THE ROAD TO THE OPEN is autobiographical; he also wrote several novellas and numerous short stories.

  

 

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