Ernst Lothar, whose real name was Ernst Lothar Müller, was born in Brno in 1890 and died in 1974 in Vienna. He was a trained lawyer and worked as a state prosecutor, among other jobs, before becoming a theatre critic, director, and finally, the manager of the Theater in der Josefstadt in 1925. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States, then returned to Vienna after the war. From 1948 he was a theatre director at the Burgtheater and member of the board of directors of the Salzburg Festival. In 2016, Zsolnay published the new edition of his novel Der Engel mit dem Posaune (The Angel with the Trumpet).