Stefan Zweig Collection

Stefan Zweig Collection


Wes Anderson Dreams Of A Europe Before Bombs Fell NPR story on Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The film takes its inspiration from the work of Stefan Zweig, who wrote novels and plays while watching from afar as his country was overrun by the Nazis.

Novel Renews Interest of Zweig’s Legacy Dunkirk Observer article by Fredonia student Matthew J. Pisarski 

Historical Background

To quote SUNY Fredonia Emeritus Scholar Mac Nelson “Zweig is booming”,  thanks to the foresight of Robert Rie, friend of Stefan Zweig and long time Modern Languages faculty member at Fredonia, Reed Library’s Archives and Special Collections houses one of the largest collections Zweig collections in the world.

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian author whose works were translated into over fifty languages. Zweig is known in the literary community as a humanitarian thinker. By the 1920s he was one of the most published authors in the world. He left Austria in the 1930s with the rise of the Nazi party. He tirelessly labored on his writings until he tragically ended his life.

Contents and Inventory

Monographic Material: The Stefan Zweig Collection is partially comprised of published novels, short stories, plays, poems, essays, correspondence and other writings. The collection also includes numerous biographies of Stefan Zweig and multilingual critical studies that explicate his writings. Published works of other authors who were connected with Zweig's circle are likewise represented. Other works in the Collection record the turbulent years of the first part of the Twentieth Century and other related materials.

Manuscript Correspondence: The collection also consists of over 6,000 letters that were written between 1901-1942 to Zweig by over 300 eminent personalities. Among them are philosopher Martin Buber, theologian Albert Schweitzer, composer Richard Strauss, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, dramatist Luigi Pirandello, poet Jules Romains, journalist Joseph Roth, artist Frans Masereel, Virginia Woolf and others.

The Zweig Collection also contains:Stefan Zweig Image

  • 2000 manuscript letters exchanged between the author and his first wife, Friderike
  • published books by Friderike and some letters that were written to her
  • the Alfred Zweig Collection, a small group of letters, memorabilia and photographs that were donated to Reed Library in 1979 after the death of Stefan's brother, Alfred.

Other: uncataloged miscellaneous materials such as articles by and about Zweig, theatre programs and reviews of Zweig's plays, book reviews, media material and memorabilia.

The Inventory of the Stefan Zweig Collection is an itemized list to the above collections. The extensive introduction reveals the history of the collection and gives useful hints to researchers. The Inventory is available at $20.00 per copy and an added shipping fee.

The continuous growth of the Stefan Zweig Collection depends largely on donations, which are welcome and much appreciated by Reed Library.


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