Hermann Kesten was a German novelist and dramatist. He was born in Austrian Galicia in 1900 but grew up in Nuremberg and moved to Berlin in 1928, where he published his first successful novels. In 1933 he moved to Paris, living then in Amsterdam, in New York, in Munich, in Switzerland and in Rome. Hermann Kesten was president of the West German PEN from 1972 to 1976. He died in Basel, Switzerland in 1996.
Hugo Steiner-Prag was born in Prague on December 12, 1880. Upon leaving secondary school, Hugo Steiner joined “Jung-Prag”, a group of young artists who tended strongly toward mysticism and the occult. Steiner entered the Prager Kunstakademie (Prague Academy of the Arts) in 1897, and in 1900, he moved to Munich to enroll at the Königliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Royal Academy of Fine Arts). Around that time, he added the name of his native city “Prag” to his last name in order to distinguish himself from other artists bearing the same name. In 1916, Steiner-Prag created twenty-five lithographs for Gustav Meyrink's novel, "Der Golem", which would become his masterpiece. In 1933, after the Nazis had terminated his position as professor in Germany, he returned to Prague and established a private school for book arts and graphic design, called the Officina Pragensis. In 1938, this institute became the model for a similar school in Stockholm, where he taught book design, advertising, and stage design. Steiner-Prag left Stockholm in 1941 and became a professor at the Division of Graphic Arts at New York University. In 1943, he mounted a successful exhibition at the New York Public Library. Hugo Steiner-Prag died in New York City on September 10, 1945.
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Steiner-Prag, Hugo: Copernicus and His World : Eight prints of lithographs illustrating Hermann Kesten's book on Copernicus / by Hugo Steiner-Prag, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.1056a-h.