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Fall of Failure Episode 7: Stefan Zweig and Failed Comebacks


In this, our penultimate Fall of Failure episode, we’re reading the Stefan Zweig story The Royal Game, which was the last piece of fiction ever published by one of the world’s most popular writers. Zweig mailed the story to his editor along with his completed autobiography and his suicide note. Zweig was living in Brazil at the time, in a self-imposed exile from his home country of Austria, in the midst of WWII.

We also talk about some failed comebacks: Hollywood comebacks, athletic comebacks, and the rather fascinating story of America’s late-19th-century Gum King.

Speaking of gum, here’s a link to one of the greatest–and most necessary–PowerPoint presentations of all time, as mentioned by Tom on this week’s show.

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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

6 thoughts on “Fall of Failure Episode 7: Stefan Zweig and Failed Comebacks

  1. I realize this is a book and not a movie podcast, but still, it made me sad hearing you talk about “some guy named Harold Lloyd”, as though he were an obscure figure only hardcore cinema historians had heard of.

    The discussion of Zweig made me realize you could probably do a whole series on the last works of authors who committed suicide.

    • Spring of Suicide?

      Yeah, I was sort of afraid to expose my ignorance of film history, but figured I’d just roll with it. I love movies, but I have enormous knowledge gaps in that area.

  2. Maybe “Winter of Women” – you could read the female authors you’ve been wanting to read and then…uh…discuss women’s issues?

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