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A collection of letters to Robert Eisler

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MS. 19435
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Letters written to Robert Eisler, c.1902-1949, including from

  1. the art historian Bernhard Berenson, 1903-1906
  2. the physicist Louis de Broglie, 1928
  3. the pianist and composer Ignaz Brüll, 1903-1907
  4. the philosopher Martin Buber, 1927-1929
  5. the theologian Lucien Cerfaux, 1929
  6. the archaeologist and classical scholar Arthur Bernard Cook, 1909-1938
  7. the Byzantine scholar Franz Dölger, 1949
  8. the architect and archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, 1925-1926
  9. the anthropologist and folklorist James George Frazer, 1925
  10. the philosopher Hermann von Keyserling, 1926
  11. the theologian Alfred Loisy, 1929
  12. the novelist and writer Thomas Mann, 1926
  13. the theologian Ditlef Nielsen, 1928
  14. the art historian Hans Posse, 1904
  15. the scholar of Buddhist texts Caroline Rhys Davids, 1936-1938
  16. the historian Oswald Spengler, 1925
  17. the art historian Eugénie Strong, 1925-1926
  18. the biblical scholar Henry St John Thackeray, 1927
  19. the archaeologist Hugo Winckler, [1907?]

With Dr Elfreda Fowler's presentation copy to Eisler of her French doctoral thesis, Une Source Française des Poèmes de Gower (1905), letters to the Rosenthals from Dr Fowler, n.d. and 1951, postcard to the Rosenthals from Lili and Robert Eisler, 1947, part of a letter from Eisler, n.d., and note about Robert Bridges from S. Jackson, 1972.


  • Creation: 1902-1972 and n.d.


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English
  • German
  • French

Preferred Citation

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MS. 19435

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19435


A collection of letters written to Robert Eisler.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Eisler was born in Vienna in 1882 and studied at the University of Vienna for a doctorate in economics. He followed an academic career in Austria, Germany and France, writing on a wide range of subjects including religion, mythology, art history, history of science, astrology, currency, monetary theory and politics. During World War I he served in the Austro-Hungrarian army and in the mid-1920s spent a period as deputy chief of the International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation in Paris. Following the Anschluss in March 1938 Eisler was imprisoned for 15 months in Dachau and Buchenwald. He spent the last ten years of his life in England, lecturing in Oxford and London and continuing to publish. He died in 1949.

Rachel Elfreda Fowler (1872-1951) was a literary scholar and lectured on art and history at the University of Oxford. She regularly brought together émigré intellectuals and was deeply engaged in Oxford cultural life.


The letters to Eisler are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Custodial History

The letters to Robert Eisler were probably collected by Dr Elfreda Fowler, a friend of Robert and Lily Eisler during their final years in Oxford, passing on her death to the Rosenthal family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Otto Haas in 2020 by the Friends of the Bodleian.

Related Materials

Robert Eisler's working papers and correspondence are at the Warburg Institute.

Catalogue of a collection of letters to Robert Eisler
Lucy McCann
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom