Elias Canetti

1905 (Ruse, Bulgaria) – 1994 (Zürich)

Canetti, a charismatic literary outsider, had Kraus as an influential teacher and mentor. Through Herzfelde he met Brecht, Grosz, Heartfield and Babel. Broch, Berg and Musil were other friends. Wotruba became particularly close — Canetti spoke of an artistic brotherhood. Other than Waley, Read, Russell and Vaughan Williams, he impatiently despised most of those he met on his return to England, above all Eliot. Gombrich found him a home, Adorno interviewed him, while Thomas Mann tried and failed to meet him. His old acquaintance Joyce became his cemetery neighbour.

Elias Canetti knew…