Franz Werfel (1890 – 1945)

WerfelCzech-Jewish novelist and playwright born in Prague, later moved to Vienna where he met and fell in love with Alma Mahler, widow of Gustav Mahler, the former lover of the painter Oskar Kokoschka, and the wife of the architect Walter Gropius. By the end of the nineteen-twenties, Werfel had become one of the most important and established writers in German and Austrian literature. Werfel and Alma left Austria after the German occupation in 1938 and finally settled in the United States where Werfel died in 1945.
Suggested reading: Verdi (1924); Class Reunion (1928); The Forty Days of Musa Dagh; Peter Stephan Jungk, Franz Werfel, a Life in Prague, Vienna and Hollywood

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