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Stefan Zweig
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    (November 28, 1881-February 23, 1942)
    Born in Vienna, Austria
    Wrote the novels 'Burning Secret' (1913), 'Confusion of Feelings' (1927), 'Beware of Pity' (1939) and 'The Post Office Girl' (published posthumously, 1982)
    Wrote the novellas 'Letter from an Unknown Woman' (1922), 'Amok' (1922) and 'The Royal Game' (1942)
    Non-fiction works include 'Three Masters: Balzac, Dickens, Dostoyefsky' (1920), 'Nietzsche' (1925), 'Decisive Moments in History' (1927), 'Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman' (1932), 'Erasmus of Rotterdam' (1934), 'Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles' (1935), 'Conqueror of the Seas: The Story of Magellan' (1938), 'Brazil, Land of the Future' (1941) and 'The World of Yesterday' (1942)
    During a period of anti-German sentiment, his books were published in English under the pseudonym 'Stephen Branch.'
    He believed Hitler's persecution of the Jews was directed at him personally.
    He agreed to write 'Brazil: Land of the Future' in exchange for receiving an expedited residency permit.
    He twice tried to get his first wife to join him in a suicide pact before succeeding with his second wife.
    Critic Clive James called him 'the incarnation of humanism.'
    'Letter from an Unknown Woman' and his bio of Marie Antoinette were adapted into popular Hollywood movies.
    In his 1920s heyday, he was the world's most-translated contemporary author.
    He wrote the libretto for the opera 'The Silent Woman' for Richard Strauss, who defied the Nazi authorities by refusing to remove Zweig's name from the opera program.

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