A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889 [NOOK Book]

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A National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling Frederic Morton

"Frederic Morton's A NERVOUS SPLENDOR is my favorite book about Vienna." —John Irving

On January 30, 1889, at the champagne-splashed height of the Viennese Carnival, the handsome and charming Crown Prince Rudolf shot and killed his ...
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Overview

A National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling Frederic Morton

"Frederic Morton's A NERVOUS SPLENDOR is my favorite book about Vienna." —John Irving

On January 30, 1889, at the champagne-splashed height of the Viennese Carnival, the handsome and charming Crown Prince Rudolf shot and killed his teenage mistress and then himself in a suicide pact. The two shots that rang out at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods echo still.

Frederic Morton, author of the bestselling THE ROTHSCHILDS, deftly tells the haunting story of the Prince and his city, where, in the span of only ten months, "the Western dream started to go wrong." Other young men with striking intellectual and artistic talents—and all as frustrated as the Prince—moved through his Vienna. Among them were a young Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde was the great erotic drama of the fin de siecle.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940150466418
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 10/20/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 259,432
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    Worthwhile

    Morton's account of Vienna in 1888-9 is a creative and factual work which helps to spark the interest of the reader. It places the reader in the spirit of the times by introducing you to important historical figures and their experiences during this particular year in Austria. I also think that some earlier knowledge is helpful in reading this book, but Morton does an excellent job in description and accurately portraying Vienna's history. His way of personalizing the characters helps this book to be an easier read because it is not just spitting out names, places, and dates. It's definitely a worthwhile read and a must if you enjoy history or Vienna.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    Terrific.

    Outstanding writing of popular history defines this work. I read it years ago and still remember some vividly. Simultaneous narratives about famous artists, composers, political leaders, writers, and members of the royal family weave an image of Vienne Austria. The books helps form a foundation for further reading in philosophy, psychology, musicology, military history, and other topics. This is one of my favourite books.

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