Reviews Gerd-Hermann Susen and Martin Anton Müller, eds., Hermann Bahr-Arno Holz: Briefwechsel 18871923. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2015. 208 pp. The friendship between Arno Holz (18631929) and Hermann Bahr (1863 1934) was forged early in their careers, when, as twenty-three-year-olds in Berlin, their paths crossed as they aspired to revitalize German literature. Arno Holz had caught the attention of his peers with the publication in 1886 of Das Buch der Zeit: Lieder eines Modernen, which gave voice to the experiences of his generation. Not long thereafter, Holz, in close collaboration with Johannes Schlaf, established the theoretical basis for Naturalism, and their co-written novella Papa Hamlet (1889) and play Die Familie Selicke (1890) are firmly established in the literary canon as prime examples of that movement. It appeared that his career, plagued as it was by lifelong financial woes, was to be crowned by a Nobel Prize in 1929, when his death removed his name from consideration. Hermann Bahr found his fame as the promoter and mentor of Jung-Wien in particular and of the myriad of literary and cultural movements at the turn of the twentieth century. Those familiar with Bahr's career will be aware of his connection to the
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