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A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889
     

A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889

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by Frederic Morton
 

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On January 30, 1889, at the champagne-splashed hight of the Viennese Carnival, the handsome and charming Crown Prince Rudolf fired a revolver at his teenaged mistress and then himself. The two shots that rang out at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods echo still.

Frederic Morton, author of the bestselling Rothschilds, deftly tells the haunting story of the Prince

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On January 30, 1889, at the champagne-splashed hight of the Viennese Carnival, the handsome and charming Crown Prince Rudolf fired a revolver at his teenaged mistress and then himself. The two shots that rang out at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods echo still.

Frederic Morton, author of the bestselling 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." In Rudolf's Vienna moved other young men with striking intellectual and artistic talents—and all as frustrated as the Prince. Among them were: 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. Morton studies these and other gifted young men, interweaving their fates with that of the doomed Prince and the entire city through to the eve of Easter, just after Rudolf's body is lowered into its permanent sarcophagus and a son named Adolf Hitler is born to Frau Klara Hitler.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A remarkable and unusual slice of history."
—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"As lush, beguiling, and charming as an emperor's waltz"
Publisher's Weekly

"1888/1889 is my favorite year in the life of 'the imperial City,' and Frederic Morton's A Nervous Splendor is my favorite book about Vienna."
—John Irving, author of The World According to Garp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140056679
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1980
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
199,033
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"A remarkable and unusual slice of history."
—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"As lush, beguiling, and charming as an emperor's waltz"
Publisher's Weekly

"1888/1889 is my favorite year in the life of 'the imperial City,' and Frederic Morton's A Nervous Splendor is my favorite book about Vienna."
—John Irving, author of The World According to Garp

Meet the Author

Frederic Morton was born in Vienna. Author of The Rothschilds, which became a hit Broadway musical, Mr. Morton has also written several novels. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, Playboy, and Hudson Review, as well as in Martha Foley's Best American Short Stories and other anthologies. He lives in New York City.

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A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TedMorgan More than 1 year ago
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.