Austrian literature covers nine centuries.

Its first great masterpiece was the "Nibelungenlied" ("The Lay of the Nibelungs"), dating from around 1200.

The nineteenth century dramatists still performed today include Franz Grillparzer, Adalbert Stifter and the two writers of popular comedies Ferdinand Raimund and Johann Nestroy. More recent Austrian writers of international renown are Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke.

Vienna
Literaturhaus in Wien
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Austrian National Library

In connection with Peter Handke we want to point out the research platform Handkeonline (Only in German). The project gives fast and easy access to the oeuvre of Peter Handke and provides correspondency, facsimiles, notes and other material of and about one of Austrian most noted contemporary authors. 

Graz
Literaturhaus Graz

Linz
StifterHaus Linz

Salzburg
Literaturhaus Salzburg

Innsbruck
Literaturhaus am Inn

Klagenfurt
Robert Musil - Institut für Literaturforschung / Kärntner Literaturarchiv

Bregenz
Franz-Michael-Felder-Archiv der Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek/Vorarlberger Literaturarchiv

Krems
Unabhängiges LiteraturHaus Niederösterreich

Mattersburg
Literaturhaus Mattersburg