Kathleen Tynan

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The Bride of the Wind: The Life and Times of Alma Mahler

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‘The first one she married was Mahler
Whose buddies all knew him as Gust-av
And each time he saw her he’d holler
Ach, that is the fraulein I must have.’

So goes Tom Lehrer’s ditty penned after reading an obituary, in 1964, of that strapping Viennese beauty and mother-muse, Alma Mahler-Gropius-Werfel. Born in Habsburg Austria in 1879, she was the daughter of a prosperous landscape painter, and well placed by virtue of her beauty and her father’s intellectual milieu for her life’s work: nabbing and serving genius. The three she married were the composer Gustav Mahler, the architect Walter Gropius, and the poet and novelist Franz Werfel. Among her lovers were Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

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