* 1862 Köln
† 1947 Wien
The author Franz Servaes was born on June 17, 1862, in Cologne. Beginning in 1881, he studied art and German at the universities in Leipzig, Strasbourg, and Bonn, completing his doctorate in 1887. He then moved to Berlin, where he published his first essays and art reviews. The first performance of his drama "Zu Haus," which had remained unpublished up until then, took place on April 7, 1895. Despite negative reviews, another drama, entitled "Stickluft", appeared a short time later. He published in various weekly and monthly magazines. In 1899, Servaes wrote as the theater critic for the "Vossische Zeitung." That same year, he had a position as a cultural correspondent and feuilletonist for the "Neue freie Presse" in Vienna. In 1904, he took over as editor of the "Neue freie Presse," succeeding Theodor Herzl. He died on July 14, 1947, in Vienna.