Werner Milch: Thesis on Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Scope and Content

English and German versions of a thesis entitled 'Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the philosophical, theological and political background of his poetical work', which was submitted for a Ph.D. to the University of London in 1945. The English version is a 129-page typescript, with an index, bibliography and manuscript annotations. Attached to the front cover is a note by Dr W. Rose, L.S.E., and a letter from Edna Purdie to Dr Rose, 15 May 1945, regarding the thesis. The German version is a 126-page typescript, with an introduction by Werner Milch, June 1940, and an index. It is accompanied by letters to Professor Leonard Forster from Dr M.E. Gilbert, King's College London, 12 August 1962, and Dr Horst Weber, Columbia University, 19 March 1965, regarding the thesis.

Administrative / Biographical History

Werner J. Milch (1903-1950) wrote books on German history and literature, and published biographies of the German poet Daniel von Czepko and the pedagogue Christoph Kaufmann.

Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929), poet, dramatist and essayist, was born in Vienna on 1 February 1874. He entered the Wiener Akademisches Gymnasium in 1884, and joined Vienna University in 1892, where he studied law before switching to Romance philology. During these years, von Hofmannsthal achieved fame through his poems and lyric drama. After completing his studies, he devoted himself to writing, completing plays and essays, and writing librettos for Richard Strauss, including Elektra and Ariadne auf Naxos. During the First World War, von Hofmannsthal served in the Austrian army and worked in the War Ministry. After the war, he and Max Reinhardt founded the Salzburg Festival, where his plays, including Der Turm and his adaptation of Everyman, were subsequently performed. Von Hofmannsthal died at Rodaun, Austria, on 15 July 1929.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor L.W. Forster, 1973.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.