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Auguste Hauschner (1850-1924) was a German-language writer who worked in Prague. Her novel about the astronomer Tycho Brahe and a wonder-working rabbi is set in 16th century Prague at the time of Emperor Rudolph II.

The son of a bookseller, Hugo Steiner attended the Academy of Arts in Prague from 1898 and continued his education at the Munich Art Academy from 1901 to 1903. In 1905, he converted from Judaism to Catholicism and became a German citizen in 1907. He added the name of his native city to his last name to distinguish himself from other artists with the same name. Working at the Barmer Kunstgewerbeschule, he was appointed to the Royal Academy of Graphic Arts and Printing Arts in Leipzig. He was also artistic director of the Propylaea publishing house in Berlin. Steiner-Prag was best known for his illustrations of poems, fairy tales, and other books. He was president of the International Book Exhibition in Leipzig in 1919 and 1927 and organized the book departments of German exhibitions in Barcelona, Lyon, Paris, Pittsburgh, and New York. Steiner-Prag emigrated to Sweden in 1939 and then to the United States in 1941. Hugo Steiner-Prag died in New York City in 1945.

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Steiner-Prag, Hugo: Der Tod des Löwen / Mit Radierungen von Hugo Steiner-Prag, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.794.