New York (Apr. 13)
Richard Beer-Hoffman, 78-year-old Austrian- Jewish poet and dramatist, who has been living in this country since 1939, has been awarded the newly created “Award for Distinguished Service” by the National Institute of Arts and Letters, it was announced today. The prize, which carries a cash award of $1,000, has been originated to bestow upon some eminent foreign-born writer or composer living here.
Dr. Beer-Hoffman has been hailed as the “last surviving representative of the Young Vienna school of writers, which included Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Theodor Herzl and Hermann Bahr,” an announcement by the institute said. “The German nation, which so recently expelled him, awarded his first play their highest honor, the Schiller Prize, and extolled his peems as the greatest since Gocthe’s.”