Première presentation of a dramatic monologue, typical of
the best of Schnitzler's comic writing; and Flowers, a companion
piece about a someone who discovers that the flowers sent by and
erstwhile lover are just a standing order.
short, bitter-sweet pieces, designed to be presented together, including
Bacchanalia, a comedy set in a railway café which
curiously foreshadows Brief Encounter by some 50 years.
sexual exploitation of a young woman becomes indistinguishable from
her world of private fantasy in Schnitzler's most direct drawing
on Freudian psychology. This acclaimed novella was adapted for the
stage in 1932 with the young Peggy Ashcroft in the title role. It
has not been seen since.
La Ronde, the play for which Schnitzler was best known and
his only work to deal openly with Austrian antii-Semitism. Bernhardi,
a prominent Jewish liberal physician, refuses to allow a Catholic
priest to visit a dying girl in order that her last hours may be
unmarred by knowledge of her impending death. the girl dies and
a scandal explodes which sees Bernhardi imprisoned.