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Author Information: Stefan Zweig



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Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna to a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. His tumultous world encompassed the glories of intellectual heights of turn-of-the-century Vienna, the bleakness of World War I, and the horrors of the Holocaust, which forced him to into exile from his beloved Austria.

Zweig traveled widely, and living in Salzburg between the wars, he made friends with the greats: Bruno Walter, Romain Rolland, Toscanini, Sigmund Freud. Recognition as a writer came early for Zweig; by the age of forty, he had already won literary fame.

In 1934, with Nazism entrenched, Zweig left Austria for England, and became a British citizen in 1940. Two years later, after relocating in Brazil, he became pathologically depressed over the state of world affairs and took his own life.





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