Ludwig Anzengruber

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Anzengruber, Ludwig


Born Nov. 29, 1839, in Vienna; died Dec. 10, 1889, in Vienna. Austrian playwright and prose writer.

Anzengruber was an itinerant actor and began his literary activity with the play The Priest from Kirchfeld (1870), which unmasked the despotism of the Vatican. A critical realist in his artistic method, Anzengruber in his play The Peasant Perjurer (1871), his novel The Spot of Shame (1876), and his play The Fourth Commandment (1878) depicted the prejudices which cripple the lives of so-called illegitimate children. He also depicted capitalist exploitation and the moral degradation of the bourgeois family.


Sämtliche Werke, vols. 1–15. Vienna-Leipzig, 1920–22.
In Russian translation:
Rasskazy. Moscow, 1900.


Büchner, A. Zu Ludwig Anzengrubers Dramatechnik. Darmstadt, 1911.
David, J. J. Anzengruber. Berlin-Leipzig, [1904].
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Even better is the chapter on Austrian writers, which acknowledges the philo-Semitism of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and reveals the contradictions in the lives and works of Ludwig Anzengruber and Ferdinand von Saar, culminating in a defence of the latter's great story Seligmann Hirsch (1889) as philo-Semitic.