Stefan and Lotte Zweig's South American Letters: New York, Argentina and Brazil, 1940?42


The previously unpublished letters of a major twentieth-century writer and his wife.

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The previously unpublished letters of a major twentieth-century writer and his wife.

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Publishers Weekly
Davis and Marshall offer a rare glimpse into the lives of the prolific author Stefan Zweig and his second wife, Lotte, through a collection of personal letters. The book begins with an introduction to Zweig before WWII. Upon moving to Britain, he met and employed Lotte as a personal assistant of sorts. The two traveled the world together and married shortly after Zweig's first marriage dissolved. Known for their political apathy and lack of knowledge of current events, the duo was more concerned with traveling and Zweig's writing. The editors present the vital historical knowledge of not only the infamous couple, but also the growing political turmoil that would escalate into WWII, illuminated in part by the organization of the correspondence here. Though written mostly to Lotte's brother and sister-in-law, the letters reveal a growing depression and a lack of contact with friends and family, illuminating both the general hopelessness common to that era and the importance of a sense of belonging. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441107121
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Zweig, novelist, essayist, biographer, dramatist and pacifist, was born in Vienna in 1881 into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. In the 1920s and 30s Zweig enjoyed great literary fame and was one of the most translated authors in the world. With the rise of Nazism, Zweig moved to England where, in 1940, he became a British subject. Following a lecture tour of South America and a period in New York, he moved to Brazil where in 1942, in despair at the future of Europe, he and his wife committed suicide.

Lotte Zweig (née Altmann) was born in 1908 into a middle-class family of merchants in the Prussian city of Kattowitz. Soon after Hitler gained power in Germany, she moved to London. In 1934 Lotte was employed by Stefan Zweig as a multilingual secretary and research assistant. They married in 1939 and the following year left their home in Bath for the Americas.

Darién J. Davis is Associate Professor of history at Middlebury College, Vermont, USA. He has written on race, migration and twentieth century intellectual and cultural history.

Oliver Marshall is an independent historian based in Sussex, England, who has published on South American and international migration history. He has been a research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Latin American Studies and at the University of Oxford's Centre for Brazilian Studies and its Centre for Latin American Studies.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Letters from Argentina and Brazil, 1940-41

Part II: New York Interlude, 1941

Part III: Letters from Brazil, 1941-42

Part IV: Postscript: Letter from Ernst Feder, Petrópolis, 1942

Dramatis Personae

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