Vol. 4 (2015)
Osservatorio

Benno Geiger, umanista mitteleuropeo. Il carteggio con Stefan Zweig

Published December 22, 2015

Abstract

This article outlines the development of work in progress on the Austrian author Benno Geiger. Mostly forgotten in the field of German studies, Geiger is better known for his writings as an art critic and his translations of Dante, Petrarch and Pascoli than for his compositions as a poet. However, in the decades that followed the Jahrhundertwende, he was a cultural benchmark for an entire generation of artists and intellectuals. In particular, this project focuses on his friendship with Stefan Zweig, which is well documented by a long and intense correspondence (from 1904 to 1939). Both of them see the question of Europeanism in a new light, still to be appraised.

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