Fraulein Else

Selected works


  • Anatol (1893), a series of seven acts revolving around a bourgeois playboy and his immature relationships.
  • Flirtation (Liebelei – 1895), also known as The Reckoning, which was made into a film by Max Ophüls and adapted as Dalliance by Tom Stoppard (1986)[8] and Sweet Nothings by David Harrower for the Young Vic in 2010.[9]
  • Fair Game (Freiwild – 1896)
  • Light-'O-Love (1896)
  • Reigen (1897), more usually called La Ronde is still frequently presented. Max Ophüls directed the first movie adaptation of the play in 1950; Roger Vadim directed a second version in 1964, and Otto Schenk a third version in 1973. In 1998, it was reworked by British playwright David Hare as The Blue Room.[10] It was also adapted by theatrical songwriter Michael John LaChiusa into an Off-Broadway musical called Hello Again in 1994. Suzanne Bachner did a modern adaptation called "Circle" about 21st Century sexual mores in 2002.
  • Paracelsus (1899)
  • The Green Cockatoo (Der grüne Kakadu – 1899)
  • The Lonely Way (Der einsame Weg – 1903)
  • Intermezzo (Zwischenspiel – 1904)
  • Der Ruf des Lebens (1906)
  • Countess Mizzi or the Family Reunion (Komtesse Mizzi oder Der Familientag – 1907)
  • Living Hours (1911)
  • Young Medardus (Der junge Medardus – 1910)
  • The Vast Domain (Das weite Land – 1911). The play was adapted as Undiscovered Country by Tom Stoppard (1979).[11] Three film versions of this play have been made, the first by Ernst Lothar in 1960 with Attila Hörbiger as Hofreiter, the second by Peter Beauvais in 1970 with O. W. Fischer, the third one in 1986 by Luc Bondy and starring Michel Piccoli.
  • Professor Bernhardi (1912)
  • The Comedy of Seduction (Komödie der Verführung – 1924)
  • Comedies of Words and Other Plays (1917)


  • Beatrice (1901)
  • The Road into the Open (Der Weg ins Freie – 1908)
  • Therese. Chronik eines Frauenlebens (1928)

Short stories and novellas

  • Dying (Sterben – 1895)
  • None but the Brave (Leutnant Gustl – 1900)
  • Berta Garlan (1900)
  • Blind Geronimo and his Brother (Der blinde Geronimo und sein Bruder – 1902)
  • The Prophecy (Die Weissagung – 1905)
  • Casanova's Homecoming (Casanovas Heimfahrt – 1918)
  • Fräulein Else (1924)
  • Rhapsody – also published as Dream Story (Traumnovelle – 1925/26), later adapted as the film Eyes Wide Shut by American director Stanley Kubrick
  • Night Games (Spiel im Morgengrauen – 1926)
  • Flight into Darkness (Flucht in die Finsternis – 1931)
  • The Death of a Bachelor


  • Youth in Vienna (Jugend in Wien), an autobiography published posthumously in 1968
  • Diary, 1879–1931

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