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A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889

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ISBN13: 9780140056679
ISBN10: 014005667x
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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.

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

About 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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lisa_emily, January 2, 2008 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
A Nervous Splendor covers nine historical months from the summer of 1888 to the spring of 1889 in Vienna, Austria. The story is mostly centered on the events that led to the Crown Prince Rudolf's double suicide (with his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera). Morton alternates Rudolf's story with events that were happening simultaneously to other cultural figures: Sigmund Freud, Gustave Klimt, Arthur Schnitzler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms.

The overall effect is a fast-paced and engaging snapshot of Viennese history, one sees how little events start to have larger ramifications and how isolated events actually do have influence on a larger whole. One can also see how the milieu shapes the individual who can in turn, shape the milieu.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140056679
Author:
Morton, Frederic
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Eng. ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Austria
Subject:
Austria & Hungary
Subject:
Western Europe
Subject:
Vienna
Subject:
Austria History 1867-1918.
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Austria & Hungary
Subject:
Vienna (Austria) Social life and customs.
Subject:
World History-Austria
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
v. 34
Publication Date:
19801031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.76x5.10x.68 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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

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