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Stamps from the year 1987 (12/36)
Provincial Exhibit Princely Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich von Raitenau - Founder of the Baroque City of Salzburg 1,100th Anniversary of Lustenau

125th Birthday of Arthur Schnitzler

Date of issue: May 15, 1987
Face value: AS 6
Commemorative stamp

Arthur Schnitzler was born on May 15, 1862 in Vienna the oldest of three children of Dr. Johann Schnitzler and his wife Louise. After finishing medical school he increasingly devoted himself to his pursuits as a writer. Indeed he had his own medical practice, yet that simply secured his financial existence. He gave it up, however, when he became able to live on his work as a writer. "The Adventure of Life" was the first of his works to be performed at the Theater in der Josefstadt in 1893. He was already a successful author when in 1900 he wrote "Lieutenant Gustl", published in the Neue freie Presse. This work triggered a scandal because in it Schnitzler questioned the rationalism of duelling. Indeed the greatest scandal emerged from his most famous work "Der Reigen". As an non-marketable manuscript, 200 copies of this work were printed at Schnitzler's own expense and distributed in 1900. It first premiered in the Kammerspiel theaters in 1921. After clashes at some performances in Austria and abroad, Schnitzler himself forbid this work from ever being staged again. In 1922 on his 60th birthday, Schnitzler received the famous letter from Siegmund Freud, in which Freud hails him as an author-brother and regards him as a "deep psychological analyst". Schnitzler's final success came with the novella "Miss Else", the climax of his late prose. He died of a brain hemorrhage on October 21, 1931 in Vienna, the city of his birth.

References to other albums:
Encyclopedia of Austria: Schnitzler, Arthur

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