Vincent Chiavacci

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Vincent Chiavacci (1891)
Vincent Chiavacci's tomb

Vinzenz Chiavacci (born June 15, 1847 in Vienna ; † February 2, 1916 there ) was an Austrian writer .


Chiavacci was the son of an Italian pipe carver. By profession he was initially a railway official. From 1887 he devoted himself exclusively to writing and worked for the newspapers Neues Wiener Tagblatt , where he was editor-in-chief, Oesterreichische Volks-Zeitung and, from 1896, for Wiener Bilder , an illustrated weekly paper that he published. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Zukunft in Vienna. His widow Malvine Chiavacci (née Perlsee) married the writer Karl Schönherr after his death .

Artistic creation

Chiavacci achieved fame through his feature sections in various newspapers. He created the characters of "Herr Adabei" (from Austrian "a here" for "also here") and the "Frau Sopherl vom Naschmarkt", who are known to this day as Viennese types. Mr. Adabei is the type of self-important person who doesn't like anything. The writer Hermann Bahr described himself as "the intellectual master of Adabei". For years, “Frau Sopherl” appeared every week in the Austrian People's Newspaper and commented on current affairs in the sections “One who understands” and “Die Bezirkstratschn”. Chiavacci published humorous Viennese sketches and a novel in book form, as well as soon-forgotten plays. Chiavacci was known to many contemporary writers and made outstanding contributions to the publication of the works of Johann Nestroy (together with Ludwig Ganghofer ), Ludwig Anzengruber and Karl Schönherr.


Chiavaccigasse in Vienna- Margareten was named after the writer in 1925 , and it was closed again in 1976. It was located between the Margaretengürtel and Siebenbrunnenfeldgasse. An honorary grave in the Vienna Central Cemetery (group 0, row 1, number 77) has been dedicated to him since 1926 .


  • From the small life of the big city. Viennese genre pictures , humoresques, 1886 ( digitized version of the 2nd edition 1898 in the Internet Archive )
  • One of the old styles , Volksstück, 1886 (with Carl Karlweis )
  • Wiener vom Grund , Humoresken, 1887
  • With us z'Haus , Humoresken, Vienna 1888
  • Where the old houses stand , humoresques, 1890
  • Little citizens of Greater Vienna , humoresques, 1892 ( digitized in the Austria Forum )
  • One of the Burgmusik , Posse, first performance in 1892
  • The last cruiser , Posse, 1893
  • Viennese types , humoresques, 1893
  • The end of the world. A fantasy from 1900 , 1897 (Reprint: Salzwasser-Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-86444-468-5 ; digitized in the Internet Archive )
  • Viennese people '- from yesterday and today' , 1901 ( digitized in the Austria-Forum )
  • Strange Journeys of Mr. Adabei , 1908
  • From small windows . Serious and cheerful sketches from Viennese folk life, Vienna 1914
  • From the quiet time , Viennese novel from the 50s of the last century, Stuttgart 1914


Web links

Commons : Vinzenz Chiavacci  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Vinzenz Chiavacci  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. Entry on Vinzenz Chiavacci in the Austria Forum  (in the AEIOU Austria Lexicon )