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BREIER, EDUARD:

Austrian writer; born at Warasdin in Croatia Nov. 3, 1811; died at Zaiwitz near Znaim, Moravia, June 3, 1886. His first novel, "Der Fluch des Rabbi," published in 1840, was written in eleven days, during his furlough while an artilleryman. This work at once brought him into prominence and caused him to decide to become a journalist and a writer of fiction. He assumed charge of the "Prager Zeitung," which he continued to edit until the paper was suppressed in 1848. He then settled in Vienna, where he soon became a popular writer of Jewish and Austrian tales. His Jewish novels, in addition to the one mentioned, were: "Die Sendung des Rabbi," "Die Sabbathianer," and "Alt-und Jung-Israel." He wrote many tales dealing with Austrian history, which are strikingly national in sentiment, the most characteristic among them being perhaps "Wien und Rom" and "Kaiser Joseph."

Bibliography:
  • Jüdisches Athenœum, p. 30, Leipsic, 1851.
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