Telegrams from the Soul

Telegrams from the Soul

Peter Altenberg and the Culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Andrew Barker


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Camden House



First comprehensive survey of the life and works of the neglected Viennese miniaturist Peter Altenberg.
The miniaturist Peter Altenberg (1859-1919) is a seminal but often neglected figure in the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna and in twentieth-century Modernism. Altenberg has suffered neglect both because he failed to work in so-called 'major' genres and on account of his addiction to drugs, alcohol, and young girls, yet his marginal status belies his wide impact across a broad spectrum of the arts. Barker's book, the first to attempt a comprehensive survey of Altenberg's life and work, draws heavily on the array of unpublished manuscripts in the United States and Europe, many of them in private collections, and on other long-forgotten archival material.


August 1996
280 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571130792
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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The graphic presentation of the related intellectual world in which Altenberg worked with love and suffering provides a colorful, impressive picture of the figure, as Karl Kraus put, who was the "freest spirit of the epoch." GERMANISTIK
Lucidly written and scrupulously documented... INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MODERNISM
"A pleasure to read." MONATSHEFTE
"...One of those marvelous books that should be in every library...." JEGP
Barker firmly anchors his account of Altenberg's life in the cultural context of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Equally successful in exploring the major themes of Altenberg's works and their implications. A brilliant analysis of the 'See-Ufer' cycle. SEMINAR

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