Contact: Yvonne French (202) 707-9191

October 8, 1998

Lecture Explores Sigmund Freud's Influence on Literature:
Novelist Gloria Kaiser to Discuss Austrian Author Stephan Zweig

WHO: Novelist and author Gloria Kaiser

WHAT: Lecture: "Freud's Influence on Literature: The Example of Stephan Zweig"

WHEN: 6:45 p.m. October 19

WHERE: Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.


The Austrian Stephan Zweig was one of the most widely read authors writing in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. He initiated a correspondence relationship with Freud in 1908. On the basis of his correspondence, Zweig compiled a biography of Freud that was published in 1931. Zweig committed suicide in Brazil in 1942.

Ms. Kaiser is a novelist, most recently of Doa Leopoldina: The Habsburg Empress of Brazil (English translation 1998, Ariadne Press). It a fictionalized history account of a Habsburg princess who was married in absentia to Pedro Braganza, successor to the throne of the united kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarve. Ms. Kaiser also writes radio plays, stories and books for young people and works for the Austrian broadcasting station ORF. She has a particular research interest in Austrian and German relationships with Brazil.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Programs and the Hispanic Division.

A major exhibition, "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture," is on view in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building from Oct. 15 to Jan. 16, 1999. For information about the exhibition, call (202) 707-4604 or visit

Interpreting services for the lecture (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 98-155
ISSN 0731-3527

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