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Karl Kraus

Rychner, Max

Published by Im Verlag der Buchhandlung Richard Lányi, Wien, 1924
Condition: Good Soft cover

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1/250. Quarto. 35pp. Original wraps with printed cover label, as issued. Tipped-in frontispiece portrait in sepia tone (reproduction of a photograph) showing Karl Kraus. Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Die Fackel. "Von diesem Werke wurden 250 Exemplare auf Japan Dokumentenpapier gedruckt." Text in German. Parts of edges on wraps creased, bottom corner bumped affecting pages throughout. Small ex-libris of previous owner on inside of front wrapper. Lacking front flyleaf. Overall good+ condition. Karl Kraus (1874-1936) was an Austrian Jewish writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, playwright, aphorist and poet. He is considered to be one of the foremost German-language satirists of the 20th century. In April of 1899 Kraus renounced Judaism and in the same year founded his own newspaper, Die Fackel (The Torch), which he continued to direct, publish, and write until his death. In it he launched his attacks on hypocrisy, psychoanalysis, nationalism of the pan-German movement, corruption of the Habsburg empire, laissez-faire economic policies, and numerous other betes noires. During its publication Kraus was sued by many diverse offended parties. While at the beginning Die Fackel was similar to journals like the magazine Weltbühne, it became more and more a magazine that was privileged in its editorial independence, that Kraus could provide by his funding. In short, Die Fackel printed what Kraus wanted to be printed. In its first years it included many well-known writers and artists such as Egon Friedell, Oskar Kokoschka, Adolf Loos, Peter Altenberg, Richard Dehmel, Heinrich Mann, August Strindberg, Franz Werfel, Oscar Wilde and Houston Stewart Chamberlain. After 1911, however, Kraus was usually the sole author. Kraus' work was published nearly exclusively in Die Fackel, of which 922 irregularly-issued numbers appeared in total. Bookseller Inventory # 29201

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Title: Karl Kraus

Publisher: Im Verlag der Buchhandlung Richard Lányi, Wien

Publication Date: 1924

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Limited edition.

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