He was educated at Hermannstadt (today Sibiu, in Romania) and Vienna. In 1879, he moved to Vienna from Linz. His first success was Des Hauses Fourchambault Ende (1880), supplementing Émile Augier's drama Les Fourchambault. This was followed by Im Banne der Pflicht (1882), the comedy Schauspielerei (with Heinrich Laube, 1883), and Irma (1885). Among his novels and stories, which for the greater part appeared serially, the best-known are: Frau Dornröschen (1884; 3d ed. 1891); Gescheiterte Liebe (1889); and Die Magyarin (1896).
- Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Müller-Guttenbrunn, Adam". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.