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  • Unordentliches Bücherregal, Zettelwirtschaft und eine Tafel mit der Aufschrift "Hier alles tabu"
    Friederike Mayröcker (1924-2021)
    Part of the Austrian poet's estate in the collection
  • Handschriftliche Anweisungen "Pflanzenessen nicht vergessen" von Gerstl
    Spontangedicht (spontaneous poem)
    Elfriede Gerstl on a paper napkin
  • Mit Tinte geschriebener kurzer Text
    Manuscript sheet for the poem by Ernst Jandl

A finger on the pulse of literature

Whether it be the poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, plays by Ödön von Horvath or novels by Peter Handke, you can find the originals in the Literary Archive, one of the most important institutions of its kind in the German-speaking region. We collect and acquire literary legacies, both pre- and post-death, of Austrian authors from the 20th century (notably from 1945) and make them available for research purposes.

We were recently able to acquire a significant portion of the literary estate of the Jewish intellectual and salonnière » Bertha Zuckerkandl.

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