Lothar, Ernst eigentlich E. L. Müller#
b. Brno, Czech Republic (then Bruenn), Oct. 25, 1890, d. Vienna, Oct. 30, 1974, theatre critic, director, writer; brother of Hans Mueller-Einigen, husband of the actress A. Gessner. Originally public prosecutor, then official in the Austrian Ministry of Commerce and Trade (founded the Vienna Fair and the School of World Trade, formerly Export Academy), theatre and literature critic with the newspaper "Neue Freie Presse", 1933 to 1935 guest director at the Vienna Burgtheater, 1935 to 1938 successor to M. Reinhardt as director of the Theater in der Josefstadt. In his New York exile he founded the "Austrian Theatre" and taught Theatre and Comparative Literature Studies from 1940 to 1945 at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. After his return he became stage director at the Vienna Burgtheater (revived Schnitzler and Hoffmannsthal) and at the Salzburg Festival.
Works#Poems, novels, essays, novellas. - Edition: E. L., Ausgewaehlte Werke, 8 vols., 1961-1968.
Literature#H. Waldner, Das Theater in der Josefstadt von L. bis Steinboeck (1935-1947), doctoral thesis, Vienna 1949; S. Maurer, E. L. Leben und Werk, master's thesis, Vienna 1995; NDB.