The Collaboration of Richard Strauss and Stefan Zweig, 1931-1936: A New Translation and Critical Edition of the Letters and Documents
Edited by Matthew Werley
This volume offers a new English translation and critical commentary of the complete correspondence between the German composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and the Austrian author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942). Strauss and Zweig's vibrant artistic relationship, which began in 1931 and was cut short by the rise of National Socialism, has been the subject of numerous essays, scholarly debates, and even dramatization on the English stage. This new edition offers a long-overdue critical appraisal and fresh translation of the letters and related documents, and includes a number of newly discovered letters between Zweig, Strauss and Joseph Gregor (1888-1960), the erudite Austrian theatre historian whom Zweig clandestinely groomed as his replacement librettist in 1935. By supplying an appendix with previously overlooked and hard-to-obtain contextual materials that further illuminates the nature and times of their relationship, this volume adds momentum to the growing body of literature on Strauss and Zweig, will be of great relevance to anyone interested in understanding the conditions of artistic collaboration under fascism.
Publisher: Plumbago Books and Arts ('Defining Opera' series), forthcoming
A project generously funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.
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A complete critical edition in German is also planned (details tba)