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A large part of the literary estate of the Austrian-Jewish Modernist writer, Arthur Schnitzler (1865–1931), was brought out of Vienna under diplomatic seal in 1938 and taken into the custodianship of Cambridge University Library. It is one of the Library’s most significant holdings of literary manuscripts, and the richness of the material is now being revealed through the extensive transcription and critical analysis of notes and drafts by a set of editorial teams. Supported by digital experts from the University Library, and in collaboration with colleagues from Wuppertal and Trier, a team of scholars based at Cambridge and University College London has been working since 2014 on an AHRC-funded project to produce digital critical editions of a number of key works from the middle period of Schnitzler’s writing career. Making use of innovative transcription, annotation and collation tools, the edition – to be hosted by the Cambridge University Library as an open access online resource – will offer unparalleled access to the author’s working methods and to the complex genetic structures of some of his most fascinating and influential dramas and narrative texts.