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Richard Beer-Hofmann

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: September 26, 1945 (79)
New York, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Biological son of Dr. Jur. Hermann Gobrisch Beer and Rosa Beer
Adopted son of Alois Hofmann and Berta Hofmann
Husband of Pauline Anna Beer-Hofmann
Father of Miriam Rosa Lens; Naëmah Marlowe and Gabriel Marlowe

Occupation: Poet
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About Richard Beer-Hofmann

Richard Beer-Hofmann (born 11 July 1866 in Vienna — died 26 September 1945 in New York) was an Austrian dramatist and poet.

After the early death of his mother, Beer-Hofmann was raised by his aunt's family in Brno and Vienna. In the 1880s he studied law in Vienna, receiving his doctorate in 1890. In the same year he became acquainted with the writers Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Hermann Bahr and Arthur Schnitzler, with whom he shared a long friendship. He consequently began his literary activities as a freelance writer.

At first Beer-Hofmann wrote novellas, later moving on to short stories and poetry. In the 1920s he worked as a theatre director for Max Reinhardt, a role which continued until 1932. In 1939 Beer-Hofmann emigrated from Austria, and travelled to New York via Zurich. Subsequently his works were banned in Austria and Germany. In 1945 he became an American citizen, but died within the same year.

Beer-Hofmann's literary output consists primarily of novellas, dramas, and poems. It can be considered part of the literary current of the Wiener Moderne. Beer-Hofmann received several notable literary awards, including the Volksschillerpreis in 1905 in Germany and the award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1945 in the United States. One year after his death the Beer-Hofmann Society was created in New York.



Der Tod Georgs

Der Graf von Charolais

Gedenkrede auf Wolfgang Amadée Mozart

Trilogy “Die Historie von König David” (uncompleted)

Jakobs Traum

Der junge David

Paula. Ein Fragment


Schlaflied für Mirjam

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Richard Beer-Hofmann's Timeline

July 11, 1866
Vienna, Austria
September 4, 1897
Vienna, Austria
December 20, 1898
Vienna, Wien, Austria
January 9, 1901
Vienna, Wien, Austria
September 26, 1945
Age 79
New York, NY, United States