Wechsberg, Joseph, 1907-1983

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Author, lawyer, and musician. Died 1983.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Wechsberg, 1943-1983 (bulk 1964-1979). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069069

Epithet: writer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000210.0x000222

Biographical Note

  • 1907, Aug. 29: Born, Mährisch-Ostrau, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • 1925 - 1930 : Attended Prague University Law School, Prague, Czechoslovakia; Hochschule für Welthandel and Vienna State Academy of Music, Vienna, Austria; and the Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • 1926 - 1929 : Worked intermittently as violinist and orchestra leader in Paris nightclubs and on French ocean liners
  • 1929 - 1930 : Attended officers' candidate school, Czechoslovak army
  • 1930: Received law degree, Prague University Law School, Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1930 - 1937 : Apprenticed at law firms in Ostrava and Prague, Czechoslovakia, and wrote articles for various German-language newspapers
  • 1934: Married Jo-Ann Novak
  • 1938: Lieutenant, Czechoslovak army, commanding machine gun company on Polish frontier Sent to United States by Czechoslovak government as secretary of parliamentary commission to discuss Sudeten crisis Requested asylum following German occupation of Sudetenland Became free-lance journalist, writing in English
  • 1943: Contributor, The New Yorker magazine
  • 1944: Became United States citizen
  • 1944 - 1945 : Technical sergeant, psychological warfare division, United States army
  • 1948: Staff member, The New Yorker magazine
  • 1949: European correspondent, The New Yorker magazine
  • 1953: Published Blue Trout and Black Truffles. New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1955: Published The Self-Betrayed. New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1961: Published Red Plush and Black Velvet. Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Co.
  • 1966: Published The Merchant Bankers. Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Co.
  • 1968: Published Vienna, My Vienna. New York, N.Y.: Macmillan
  • 1969: Published The Voices. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday
  • 1970: Published Prague, The Mystical City. New York, N.Y.: Macmillan
  • 1972: Published The Opera. New York, N.Y.: Macmillan Published The Glory of the Violin. New York, N.Y.: Viking Press
  • 1973: Published The Waltz Emperors. New York, N.Y.: Putnam
  • 1974: Published Verdi. New York, N.Y.: Putnam
  • 1976, May 21: Awarded Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst, 1. Klasse, Republic of Austria
  • 1977: Published Schubert: His Life, His Work, His Time. New York, N.Y.: Rizzoli
  • 1979: Published The Vienna I Knew. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday
  • 1983, Apr. 10: Died, Vienna, Austria

From the guide to the Joseph Wechsberg Papers, 1943-1983, (bulk 1964-1979), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Joseph Wechsberg Papers, 1943-1983, (bulk 1964-1979) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Wechsberg, Joseph, 1907-1983. Papers of Joseph Wechsberg, 1943-1983 (bulk 1964-1979). Library of Congress
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Esquire, inc. Esquire, inc. records, 1933-1977. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Robert Pick papers, 1915-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf MS Mus. 1624. Rosenthal Correspondence. Vol. xvi (ff. 320). Wae -Zyl.includes:f. 1. Harold David Rosenthal, writer on music: H. H. Waechter, of Creswell, Oregon: Letter to Harold David Rosenthal from H. H. Waechter: 1974: Typewritten, signed. f. 4.... British Library
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Esquire Magazine. Esquire Magazine records, 1933-1977. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arnold Gingrich Papers, 1932-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf MS Mus. 1613. Rosenthal Correspondence. Vol. v (ff. 239). Eat -Gobbi.includes:f. 1. Harold David Rosenthal, writer on music: Wendy Eathorne, singer: Letter to Harold David Rosenthal from Wendy Eathorne: 1971: Typewritten, signed.f. 2. Harold Da... British Library
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correspondedWith Alsop, Joseph, 1910-1989 person
correspondedWith Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 person
correspondedWith Bing, Rudolf, 1902-1997 person
correspondedWith Bocuse, Paul, 1926- person
correspondedWith Boskovsky, Willi person
correspondedWith Brandt, Willy, 1913-1992 person
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correspondedWith Flanner, Janet, 1892-1978 person
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
correspondedWith Gingrich, Arnold. person
correspondedWith Guérard, Michel, 1933- person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Jaques, Ronny person
correspondedWith Kollek, Teddy, 1911-2007 person
correspondedWith Lehmann, Lotte person
correspondedWith Lehmann, Lotte person
associatedWith Mekhon Ṿaitsman le-madaʻ. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Monnet, Jean, 1888-1979. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
correspondedWith Pick, Robert, 1898- person
correspondedWith Point, Fernand person
correspondedWith Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1904-1988 person
correspondedWith Soulé, Henri person
correspondedWith Soulé, Henri person
correspondedWith Stern, Isaac, 1920-2001 person
correspondedWith Szell, George, 1897-1970 person
correspondedWith Wiesenthal, Simon person
correspondedWith Wittgenstein, Paul, 1907- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Austria
Europe
Austria--Vienna
Subject
Architecture--Austria
Music--Europe
Communism
Cooking
Architecture
Cooking--Austria--Vienna
Architecture--Europe
Banks and banking
Cooking, Austrian
Cooking, European
Music--Austria--Vienna
Banks and banking--Europe
Gastronomy
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Architecture--Austria--Vienna
Music
Music--Austria
Occupation
Lawyers
Authors
Musicians
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Birth 1907-08-29

Death 1983-04-10

German,

English,

Czech,

French

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