The World of Yesterday's Humanist Today

Proceedings of the Stefan Zweig Symposium

Edited by Marion Sonnenfeld

Subjects: Biography, Political Science
Paperback : 9781438451084, 357 pages, June 1984
Hardcover : 9780873955997, 357 pages, June 1984

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Table of contents




Georg Iggers, Some Introductory Observations on Stefan Zweig's World of Yesterday
Wilma Iggers, The World of Yesterday in the View of an Intellectual Historian


Zweig and France
Andree Penot, Coordinator


Helene Kastinger Riley, The Quest for Reason: Stefan Zweig's and Romain Rolland's Struggle for Pan-European Unity
Brenda Keiser, Stefan Zweig: The Man of the Hour and the Consistent Humanist
Clair Hoch, Friendship and Kinship between Georges Duhamel and Stefan Zweig


Zweig and Judaism
George Browder, Coordinator


Leo Spitzer, Into the Bourgeoisie: A Study of the Family of Stefan Zweig and Jewish Social Mobility, 1750-1880)
Leon Botstein, Stefan Zweig and the Illusion of the Jewish European
Klara Carmely, The Ideal of Eternal Homelessness: Stefan Zweig and Judaism


Zweig's Interpretation of History
Julius Paul, Coordinator


Stephen Howard Garrin, History As Literature: Stefan Zweig's Sternstunden der Menschheit
Lionel B. Steiman, The Worm in the Rose: Historical Destiny and Individual Action in Stefan Zweig's Vision of History


Zweig the Humanizer in Literature
Marion Sonnenfeld, Coordinator


David Turner, The Humane Ideal in Stefan Zweig's Noyelle: Some Complications and Limitations
Anne Clark Fehn and Ulrike S. Rettig, Narrative Technique and Psychological Analysis in Two Novellas by Stefan Zweig
Gerd Schneider, Portrayal of the Elderly in Stefan Zweig's Novella "Vierundzwanzig Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau"
Peter J. Marcris, Zweig As Dramatist
Donald G. Daviau, The Spirit of Humanism as Reflected in Stefan Zweig's Dramatic Works
Joseph Strelka, Stefan Zweig's "Big Balzac"


Zweig and Richard Strauss
A. Cutler Silliman, Coordinator


Bryan Gilliam, Zweig's Contribution to Strauss Opera and Die Schweigsame Frau: New Evidence
Michael P. Steinberg, Politics and Psychology of Die Schweigsame Frau


Zweig the Coorespondent
John Saulitis, Coordinator


Johanna Roden, Stefan Zweig and Emil Ludwig


Zweig the Emigrant
Robert Rie, Coordinator


Editha S. Neumann, Stefan Zweig: A Wanderer between Two Worlds
Rosi Cohen, Emigration: a Contributing Factor to Stefan Zweig's Suicide


Zweig in Brazil
Osvaldo Chinchon, Coordinator


Sonja Karsen, Brazil As Seen by Stefan Zweig
Erdmute Wenzel White, Beyond Memory: Stefan Zweig's Last Days
Jean-Jacques Lafaye, Stefan Zweig and Georges Bernanos in Brazil: An Encounter
Frances Hernandez, The Zweigs and Gabriela Mistral in Petropolis
 Alberto Dines, Death in Paradise: Some Revelations About Stefan Zweig's Presence in Brazil


Closing Address


Harry Zohn, The Buring Secret of Stephen Branch, or a Cautionary Tale About a Physician Who Could Not Heal Himself


Appendix: Zweig Today


Mimi Grossberg, Zweig in Film
Henry Salerno, Carol Brownson, Robert Deming, David Meerse, James Shokoff, Comments on Letter from an Unknown Woman
Randolph Klawiter, The State of Stefan Zweig Research: An Update


Symposium Program

Index compiled by Yvonne Wilensky


Fifty years ago, Stefan Zweig, who committed suicide in 1942, was the most widely read and translated living writer in the world. Zweig's Vienna was a world of bright, brittle superficialities, in which the bourgeoisie "gradually elevated the eternal business of seeing and being seen to the purpose of the existence." To break through the facades of this society, Zweig developed a remarkable literary and psychological method.

In The World of Yesterday's Humanist Today, thirty scholars of history, literature, and music share their studies of Zweig and their insight into his works.