The alexander Library of
Continental and American Literature
Bookplate of the Alexander Library
onated to Rare Books in 1991, the Theodor and Beatrice Alexander Library of Continental and American Literature was created by the Alexanders, both of whom had long and close ties to Texas Tech University. Born in Vienna in 1919, Theodor Alexander fled his native Austria shortly after it was annexed by Nazi Germany during the 1938 Anschluss. He met his wife, the former Beatrice Witte of Fredericksburg, Texas, while a student at Texas Tech in the mid 1940's. Both of them would remain at Texas Tech until their retirements in the 1980's, with Theodor teaching German and Beatrice teaching French.
Of the more than 250 books in the collection, 215 are written by or about the Austrian writer, Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931). Arthur Schnitzler's work is closely identified with Vienna's bourgeois society at the turn of the 19th century. Known primarily for his plays, Schnitzler was also an accomplished writer of fiction. Much of his work explores various aspects of sexual relations as well as marriage, feminism, and anti-Semitism. A friend of Sigmund Freud, Schnitzler was interested in human psychology. His writings show a deep concern for the individual as well as his personal fear of old age and death. Although largely neglected after his death in 1931, and banned by the Nazis, the renewed interest in Schnitzler that began in 1962 with the hundredth anniversary of birth continues to flourish.
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