Full name: Alexander Maria Norbert Lernet-Holenia
Other name(s): Clemens Neydisser
Born: October 21, 1897 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
Died: July 3, 1976 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
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Austrian Alexander Lernet-Holenia began writing poems as a soldier in World War I. Three of his novels written in the 1930s were filmed. Die große Liebe (The love of my life) with Zarah Leander, commercially the most successful film of the Nazi period, was based on his idea. His most famous work Die Blaue Stunde (The Blue Hour), which described the German invasion of Poland, however, was not to be published. He was then reactivated and drafted into the reserves as a lieutenant.
At times, Lernet-Holenia published under the pseudonym Clemens Neydisser. From 1969-72 he was president of the Austrian PEN Club, but eventually resigned in protest against the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to well-known German writer Heinrich Böll.
Lernet-Holenia was a poet, novelist, dramatist, and writer of screenplays and historical studies who produced a heterogeneous literary opus that included poetry, psychological novels, and recreational films. In 1920, he was adopted by his mother's wealthy family, and took the double name Lernet-Holenia. Rumors that attributed biological fatherhood to a Habsburg archduke were perpetuated by biographers but were never substantiated.
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