Frederic Morton (October 5, 1924 – April 20, 2015) was an Austrian-born American writer. Born Fritz Mandelbaum in Vienna, Morton was the son of a blacksmith who specialized in forging imperial medals. In the wake of the Anschluss of 1938, his father was arrested, but later released. The family fled to Britain in 1939 and migrated to New York City next year, when the senior Mandelbaum also changed the family name in order to be able to join an anti-Semitic labor union.
Morton worked as a baker but began studying literature in 1949. He returned to Austria in 1962 to marry his fiancée, Marcia, whom he had met at college.
From 1959, Morton worked as a columnist for several American periodicals[clarification needed] including The New York Times, Esquire, and Playboy. He died at a hotel in Vienna at the age of 90 on April 20, 2015.
- A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889 ( ISBN 0-14-005667-X )
- Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914 ( ISBN 0-306-81021-2 )
- The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait (Atheneum Books, 1962), LCCN 62-7938; edition with new epilogue and afterword, The Rothschilds: Portrait of a Dynasty (New York: Kodansha International, 1998) ( ISBN 1-56836-220-X ), LCCN 98-14815
- The Forever Street (novel, 1984) ( ISBN 0-7432-5220-9 )
- Runaway Waltz (memoir, 2005) ( ISBN 0-7432-2539-2 )
Decorations and awards
- 1963: Author of the Year (Anti-Defamation League)
- 1980: Title of "Professor"
- 2001: Gold Medal of Vienna
- 2003: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (PDF) (in German). p. 1582. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- Complete bibliography (Literaturhaus Wien)
- New York Times | The Memories of a Jew, Now Honored by Vienna (By Richard Bernstein, June 28, 2003)
- L.A. Times | On Thelemanngasse (By Frederic Morton, February 20, 2006)
- Frederic Morton at Library of Congress Authorities, with 26 catalog records