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The Spell of the Vienna Woods: Inspiration and Influence from Beethoven to Kafka
by Paul Hofmann
Paul Hofmann, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, offers a fine meditation on the Vienna Woods, a tract of gladed forest five times bigger than the combined boroughs of New York, geographically the last gasp of the Alps before Austria opens onto the great central European plain. In those forests, Hofmann tells us, lie the origins of many great works of the imag ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by Henry Holt & Company
(first published May 1st 1994)
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The Vienna Woods, located just outside the city, have influenced an incredible range of people, including Beethoven, Schubert, WH Auden, Mark Twain, Hugo Wolf, Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, and Mozart, to name a few. Although this book tends to ramble a bit, it provides a fascinating account of an important little patch of woods.
Paul Hofmann was an author, journalist, linguist, and political activist. The New York Times, for whom he was a foreign correspondent, described him as, fluent in German, Italian, French, and English, having a command of several other languages that was more than passable, as well as "a broad grasp of history and diplomatic affairs and an often playful curiosity."More about Paul Hofmann...