Arthur Schnitzler

1862 - 1931

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Arthur Schnitzler (15 May 1862 – 21 October 1931) was an Austrian author and dramatist. He is considered one of the most significant representatives of the Viennese Modernism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Schnitzler has received more than 589,926 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Arthur Schnitzler is the 342nd most popular writer (down from 322nd in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from Austria (up from 87th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Austrian Writer.

Arthur Schnitzler is most famous for his play "Reigen," which is about a series of ten encounters between ten different men and women.

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Notable Works

Der Weg ins Freie
Performing Arts
First published for private circulation in Vienna in 1900, Arthur Schnitzler's famous play looks at the sexual morality and class ideology of his day through a series of sexual encounters between pairs of characters. When published publicly in 1903, it became an immediate best-seller, scandalized Viennese society, and a year later was censored. Schnitzler was accused of pornography and worse. In 1922 Freud wrote to him that you have learned through intuition-though actually as a result of sensitive introspection-everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons. By choosing characters across the social spectrum, La Ronde offers a powerful view of how sexual contact transgresses boundaries of class. Nicholas Rudall's new translation sensitively captures the language distinctions of the representative characters in the play while providing a remarkably playable script. New in the Plays for Performance series.
Frau Bertha Garlan
Casanovas Heimfahrt


Among writers, Arthur Schnitzler ranks 342 out of 7,302Before him are Paul Éluard, Lorenzo Valla, Wilhelm Grimm, Callimachus, Nâzım Hikmet, and Doris Lessing. After him are Luqman, Henry Miller, Marguerite Yourcenar, Apollonius of Rhodes, Max Brod, and Karl May.

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Among people born in 1862, Arthur Schnitzler ranks 8Before him are Claude Debussy, Maurice Maeterlinck, David Hilbert, Philipp Lenard, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Allvar Gullstrand. After him are O. Henry, Aristide Briand, Hilma af Klint, Niko Pirosmani, Victoria of Baden, and William Henry Bragg. Among people deceased in 1931, Arthur Schnitzler ranks 9Before him are Khalil Gibran, Anna Pavlova, Otto Wallach, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Omar Mukhtar, and Albert A. Michelson. After him are Geli Raubal, Lili Elbe, Joseph Joffre, George Herbert Mead, Theo van Doesburg, and Carl Nielsen.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Arthur Schnitzler ranks 83 out of 1,424Before him are Otto Wagner (1841), Maria Anna Mozart (1751), Peter Drucker (1909), Anna Freud (1895), Victor Francis Hess (1883), and Melanie Klein (1882). After him are Archduke Otto of Austria (1865), Geli Raubal (1908), Christoph Waltz (1956), Baroness Mary Vetsera (1871), Albert II of Germany (1397), and Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584).

Among WRITERS In Austria

Among writers born in Austria, Arthur Schnitzler ranks 8Before him are Robert Musil (1880), Paula Hitler (1896), Peter Handke (1942), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888), Elfriede Jelinek (1946), and Peter Drucker (1909). After him are Maria Leopoldina of Austria (1797), Gustav Meyrink (1868), Georg Trakl (1887), Hermann Broch (1886), Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874), and Edward Bernays (1891).