Arthur Schnitzler

Playwright

Birthday May 15, 1862

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace Austria

DEATH DATE Oct 21, 1931 (69)

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About

Austrian-Jewish author and playwright associated with the Decadent movement, he is known for controversial works that denounce anti-Semitism and openly explore themes of sexuality. He is best known for his 1926 novella, Dream Story.

Before Fame

He studied medicine at the University of Vienna before pursuing writing full-time.

Trivia

His play, Reigen, which was made into a French film in 1950, deals with highly sexual themes. Anti-Semitic critics at one time alleged that the piece was a work of erotic entertainment.

Family Life

He married Olga Gussmann, an actress/singer, in 1903. The couple raised two children: Heinrich and Lili.

Associated With

Sigmund Freud praised Schnitzler's works for their open investigation of sexuality.