b. Vienna, Nov. 4, 1885, d. Klosterneuburg (Lower Austria), Nov. 29, 1973; poet, playwright, narrative writer and essayist; brother of Kaethe Braun-Prager. In the tradition of Austrian literature at the turn of the century, his work was strongly influenced by religious and symbolic elements. Friend of Hugo von Hofmannsthal; 1928-1938 taught German literature in Italy; 1939-1951 exile in England, from 1951 lecturer at the Max Reinhardt Seminar (drama school) in Vienna; awarded the Grand Austrian State Prize in 1951, the Grillparzer Prize in 1965, and the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art in 1966.
Works#Dramas: Tantalos, 1917; Esther, 1926. - Novels: Agnes Altkirchner, 1927 (new edition with the title "Herbst des Reiches", 1957); Der Stachel in der Seele, 1948; Rudolf der Stifter, 1955. - Poetry: Der tausendjaehrige Rosenstrauch (ed.), 1949; Die Lyra des Orpheus, 1952. - Das weltliche Kloster, 1967 (short story). - Edition: Ausgewaehlte Dramen, 2 vols., 1963.
Literature#K. P. Dencker, Jugendstil im Drama. Studien zu F. B., 1971.