Rhapsody: A Dream Novel, or Traumnovelle

Scope and Content

This series contains a photocopy of an English translation of Arthur Schnitzler's 'Traumnovelle' [English title: Rhapsody: A Dream Novel], published by Simon and Schuster in 1927 and sent to Burgess by Stanley Kubrick.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1976, Stanley Kubrick approached Burgess with a proposal that he should adapt Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella 'Dream Story' in a film starring Woody Allen as Bill Harford. Correspondence preserved among the Anthony Burgess Papers at the Harry Ransom Center in Texas reveals that Kubrick posted a copy of the book to Burgess with a letter in which he proposed updating the story to a contemporary setting. Burgess disregarded Kubrick's wish to modernise the story and instead suggested that the location be Schnitzler's Vienna of the 1920s, with music drawn from Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen.

Kubrick went on to consult a number of other writers about his Schnitzler project. The film was eventually released in 1999, titled 'Eyes Wide Shut' with a script by Frederic Raphael and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

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