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Music and poetry from the Zweig Collection at the British Library

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Time 19:00
Date 20/03/17
Price £10
  • Produced by British Library
  • Price Standard tickets £10, concessions £7
  • Get ready to sample some of the highlights from Zweig’s Sublime Figures collection
  • Bring along fans of one of the world’s most translated authors of his time
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Make your way to the British Library as the Zweig Collection’s curators bring some of their favourite works to life.

With live music and readings, the British Library curators will showcase some of the 'Sublime Figures' - composers and writers – who are included in Stefan Zweig's collection of manuscripts, now held at the Library.

One of the most widely read and translated authors of his day, Stefan Zweig published novellas, biographies and essays focusing on the fate of Europe and humanity after 1918, but he’s less well known for owning an extensive collection of literary, musical and historical manuscripts, which have been generously donated to the British Library by his heirs.

Now, to mark the 75th anniversary of Stefan Zweig’s death, the British Library will be delving into his collection of musical scores from Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner, as well as exploring the original manuscripts of authors including Goethe, Balzac and Byron- all characters he referred to as ‘his magical circle of sublime figures’.

Before the evening’s concert, the British Library will be discussing the cosmopolitan writer’s hopes for European unity and how his manuscript collection came to express these ideals in a study day to mark the 75th anniversary- find out more information here. The following day, Stefan Zweig’s Collection of Literary and Historial Manuscripts will be launched at a reception.


COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Music and Poetry from the Zweig Collection at the British Library at 19:00 on Monday 20th March. To enter the competition, send an email to with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Director Wes Anderson used Stefan Zweig’s writing and stories as inspiration for which film?

A: .1) The Grand Budapest Hotel .2) Rushmore .3) The Royal Tenenbaums .4) Bottle Rocket