Recreating Stefan Zweig’s Collection of Yesterday

I have seen much of this fascinating collection in the Literaturhaus in Munich. Zweig continues to fascinate and been the subject of an excellent film this year. Thanks for posting!

Golden Age Thinking

I had started my collection in an amateurish way as a boy of fifteen, and in all these years, thanks to a great deal of experience, more money than when I first began and even greater passion, I turned a mere assortment of separate items into an organic structure, transforming it, I think is fair to say, into a genuine work of art in itself.

– Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), despite being somewhat forgotten today, was in his own time one of the most widely read authors in Europe. During his short career, which tragically ended in suicide in 1942 after he had escaped his native Austria and beloved Europe to exile in South America, he authored dozens of novels, short stories, biographies, plays, and one work of memoir, The World of Yesterday. 

zweig01 Stefan Zweig. The Reed Library, State University of New York at Fredonia.


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