Rider snaps up undiscovered essays of Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl

Rider snaps up undiscovered essays of Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl

Rider has acquired a rediscovered collection of essays on embracing life by the worldwide bestselling author and psychiatry expert Viktor Frankl.

Publishing director Olivia Morris acquired world English language rights from Annette Prassel at Beltz, Germany. Rider, an Ebury imprint, will publish as a £12.99 in hardback in June 2020.

Frankl's Man’s Search For Meaning was published in 1946, chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and exploring his psychotherapeutic method.

Rider said of the rediscovered collection: “The essays are based on a series of public lectures given by Viktor Frankl 11 months after his liberation from Auschwitz and shortly before he wrote the now world-famous Man’s Search For Meaning. Frankl’s words, published in English for the very first time, are universally accessible and resonate as strongly today as they did in 1946. The psychologist explains his central thoughts on meaning, resilience and the importance of embracing life even in the face of great adversity.”

The publication has the full support of the Viktor Frankl estate and Institution, said Rider, with Frankl’s son-in-law Franz Vesely contributing an epilogue. Vesely said: “These lectures, delivered at a turning point in the history of both the speaker and his audience, are distinguished by a singular clarity and authenticity.”

Morris says: “Man’s Search For Meaning has a profound and lasting impact on all who read it. We are thrilled to be working with the Viktor Frankl Institute and publishing this new collection, a treasure trove of beautiful insights and inspirational wisdom from one of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known.”

Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust has sold 16 million copies worldwide and is translated into 50 languages, and has shifted 238,709 copies for £1.5m, according to Nielsen BookScan. “It has inspired generations of readers with its description of Frankl’s time spent in Auschwitz and its lessons for spiritual survival namely that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it.”

Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905 and was professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. His wife, father, mother and brother all died in Nazi concentration camps, only he and his sister survived. He held professorships at Harvard, Stanford, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, and was professor of logotherapy at the International University in San Diego, California. He also earned his pilot's licence aged 67.