Overview

An essential companion piece to Stefan Zweig’s classic The World of Yesterday, this memoir addresses many of the questions that this internationally celebrated author raised but did not answer.

A professional journalist and researcher in her own right who first encountered Zweig in 1908, Friderike threads her story between what Zweig called the Scylla of “exaggerated candor” and the Charybdis of self-love. She paints a detailed portrait of her...
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Married to Stefan Zweig

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Overview

An essential companion piece to Stefan Zweig’s classic The World of Yesterday, this memoir addresses many of the questions that this internationally celebrated author raised but did not answer.

A professional journalist and researcher in her own right who first encountered Zweig in 1908, Friderike threads her story between what Zweig called the Scylla of “exaggerated candor” and the Charybdis of self-love. She paints a detailed portrait of her famous husband from his birth into a wealthy Jewish family in late 19th century Vienna to his suicide (with his second wife) in Brazil in 1942. Married to Stefan Zweig, first published in 1946 under the title Stefan Zweig, provides a thorough overview of the writer's poems, plays, stories, biographies, essays and articles, his work habits, and his relations with editors, publishers, friends, mentors and protégés. Friderike also illuminates facets of the tumultuous context of political and social upheaval in which Zweig worked during his years in Salzburg and London.

Married to Stefan Zweig is among the very small number of women’s memoirs from 20th century Central Europe and an unusual portrait of a marriage anywhere, anytime.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014042031
  • Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Friderike Zweig is one of the most accomplished 20th century women to have written memoirs of their men. Born Friderike Maria Burger in Vienna on December 4, 1882, she was a teacher, translator, journalist, novelist and political activist at a time when most Viennese women didn’t finish high school. Friderike was married to Felix von Winternitz and mother of two daughters when she began to share a household with Stefan Zweig during the first world war.

The Winternitzes divorced and in 1920, Friderike married Stefan Zweig, then the most widely-translated writer in the world. They established a home in Salzburg that admirers called “the Villa in Europe” where Friderike served as Zweig’s researcher and editor as well as marital partner. Their strong and unconventional relationship survived the chaotic aftermath of the first world war in Austria; the Nazi occupation of Europe; their divorce in 1938; Stefan’s remarriage to Lotte Altmann, whom Friderike had hired as her husband’s secretary; and their separate paths to the Americas.

Their correspondence continued until the day before Zweig’s death by suicide in 1942. Friderike lived almost three decades longer in New York and Connecticut where she devoted herself to literary projects and social activism.
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