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Book Review: Deborah R. Coen’s Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty

Book Review: Deborah R. Coen’s Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty

The Exner-Frisch Family: Science, Liberalism and Private Life Moving slowly through the last decades of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty takes us through major cultural and political events as they collided with the lives of illustrious members of the Exner-Frisch family – or were shaped […]

Book Review: Julie Johnson’s The Memory Factory

Art Through Women’s Eyes If you were a painter or sculptor living at the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was an exciting place to be. And not just for men. Aspiring women artists could study at the prestigious Wiener Kunstschule, an art academy exclusively for women, and while closed out of the conservative Viennese […]

Book Review: Robert Whalen’s Sacred Spring

Book Review: Robert Whalen’s Sacred Spring

The ‘Sacred’ in Ver Sacrum The role of religion in fin de siècle Vienna would seem a closed case. As society escaped the grasp of the Church and the political landscape turned increasingly secular, one could safely assume that artists – the intellectual prophets of the changing times – had renounced God as an authority […]

Book Review: Our Famous Guest, by Carl Dolmetsch

Vienna’s Love Affair With Mark Twain The chandeliers grew dim and the murmur of the crowd dulled to quiet whispers at the Presseclub Concordia on Apr. 21. It was the 100th anniversary of Samuel Clemens’ death, the man better known as Mark Twain, who had come to Vienna in 1897, coincidentally the same year as […]

Mark Twain in Wien – Now in Bronze

On Apr. 21, 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, alias Mark Twain, died of a heart attack in Redding Connecticut.  The year before, Twain was quoted as saying: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” It would be “the greatest disappointment” of […]

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