Anton Wildgans

Anton Wildgans (17 April 1881  3 May 1932) was an Austrian poet and playwright. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.[1]

Anton Wildgans
Born17 April 1881 
Died3 May 1932  (aged 51)


Born in Vienna, Wildgans studied law at the University of Vienna, from 1900 to 1909,[2] and then practiced as an examining magistrate (Untersuchungsrichter) from 1909 to 1911, before devoting himself to writing full time.[3]

His works, in which realism, neo-romanticism and expressionism mingle, focus on the drama of daily life.

He twice served as director of Vienna's Burgtheater, in 1921-1922 and 1930-1931.[3]

One of his teachers was the Austrian Jewish philosopher Wilhelm Jerusalem.[4] Wildgans was the mentor of writer Albert Drach.

Wildgans died in Mödling. The Wildganshof, a residential development in the 3rd District of Vienna, is named after him.

Selected works

  • Armut ("Poverty"), drama, 1914
  • Liebe ("Love"), drama, 1916
  • Dies Iræ, drama, 1918
  • Sämtliche Werke ("Complete Works"), 1948. Historical-critical edition in 8 volumes edited by Lilly Wildgans with the collaboration of Otto Rommel. Vienna/Salzburg: Gemeinschaftsverlag Bellaria/Pustet, 1948


  1. "Nomination Database". Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  2. "Kurzbiographie: Anton Otto Georg Ritter von Wildgans" (in German). Anton-Wildgans-Gesellschaft. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  3. "About the author" (p. 199), prefatory note to: Anton Wildgans, "Speech About Austria" (pp. 199-204), in: Diana Mishkova, Marius Turda, and Balázs Trencsényi (Eds.), Anti-Modernism: Radical Revisions of Collective Identity. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2014. ISBN 9789637326622. Retrieved via Project MUSE database, 2017-07-23.
  4. Wildgans, Anton, "Widmung" (1915), in: Max Adler (Ed.), Festschrift für Wilhelm Jerusalem: zu seinem 60. Geburtstag von Freunden, Verehrern und Schülern (Festschrift for Wilhelm Jerusalem on his 60th Birthday). Vienna: Braumüller. p. 1-2. Also includes essays by Max Adler, Rudolf Eisler, Sigmund Feilbogen, Rudolf Goldscheid, Stefan Hock, Helen Keller, Josef Kraus, Anton Lampa, Ernst Mach, Rosa Mayreder, Julius Ofner, Josef Popper, Otto Simon, and Christine Touaillon.

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