Carl Emil Schorske

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Carl Emil Schorske
Born (1915-03-15)March 15, 1915
New York City, New York
Died September 13, 2015(2015-09-13) (aged 100)
East Windsor Township, New Jersey
Other names Charles E. Schorske
Nationality American
Fields Cultural history
Institutions Princeton University
Education Columbia
Alma mater Harvard
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, MacArthur Fellow, honorary citizen of Vienna

Carl Emil Schorske (March 15, 1915 – September 13, 2015), known professionally as Charles E. Schorske, was an American cultural historian and professor emeritus at Princeton University. In 1981 he won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture[1] (1980), which remains highly significant to modern European intellectual history. He was a recipient of the first year of MacArthur Fellows Program awards in 1981 and made an honorary citizen of Vienna in 2012. He turned 100 in March 2015.[2]


Born in The Bronx, New York City, to Theodore Schorske and Gertrude Goldsmith, Schorske received his B.A. from Columbia in 1936 and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He served in the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, during World War II, as chief of political intelligence for Western Europe. His first book, German Social Democracy, published by Harvard University Press in 1955, describes the schism of the Social Democratic Party of Germany into a reformist/constitutionalist Right faction and a revolutionary oppositionist Left faction during the years 1905–17.

Following his war-time service, Schorske taught at Wesleyan University (1946–60), the University of California at Berkeley (1960–69), and Princeton University (1969 until his retirement in 1980), where he was Dayton-Stockton Professor of History.[3] Professor Schorske was named by Time Magazine as one of the nation's ten top academic leaders.[4] In 1987 he delivered the Charles Homer Haskins Price Lecture.[5] In 1998 Schorske published Thinking With History: Explorations in the Passage to Modernism (Princeton University Press), a collection of essays on Viennese and general history.[6] Schorske died at the age of 100 in 2015 at a retirement community in Hightstown, New Jersey.[7][8][9]

Decorations and awards[edit]

In 2004 Schorske received the Ludwig Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Research Association (Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft).[10] He is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. On 25 April 2012 Schorske was made an honorary citizen of Vienna during a ceremony attended by his wife, Elizabeth Rorke (d-2014), and the mayor of Vienna, Dr Michael Häupl. In 1981 he was a MacArthur Fellow.



  1. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Carl E. Schorske erhält Großes Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der Republik". Der Standard (in German). 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Carl E(mil) Schorske." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Literature Resource Center. Web. 11 Sept. 2013.
  4. ^ "Teaching: To Profess with a Passion". TIME magazine. 1966-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Charles Homer Haskins Lecture for 1987 A Life of Learning by Carl E. Schorske" (PDF). ALCS. 
  6. ^ Review.
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  8. ^ Von Thomas Kramar. "Nachruf: Der Amerikaner, der uns das Wiener Fin de Siècle erklärte". Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Carl E Schorske obituary
  10. ^ Ludwig Wittgenstein-Preis; Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft.
  11. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1064. Retrieved 14 February 2013.