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Meyrink, Gustav

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Author(s): Pollet, Jean-Jacques
Meyrink, Gustav (Gustav Meyer), * 19 Jan 1868 (Vienna), † 4 Jan 1932 (Starnberg (Bavaria)) Meyrink's reputation is rooted in literature as well as in the occult [→ occult / occultism]. Representatives of both camps have often been tempted to take from his work only what suited them best and claim the exclusive right to interpreting it according to their perspective. It will therefore be necessary here to critically reappraise some onesided ideas about Meyrink. The illegitimate son of a senior Minister of State in Württemberg, Baron Karl von Varnhubler, and an actress f…