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 (manufacturing) 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 the 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 the Hilton hotel in Vienna at the age of 90 on April 20, 2015.
- The Hound (Dodd, Mead, 1947) Intercollegiate Literary Fellowship Prize Novels
- Asphalt and Desire (Harcourt Brace, 1952) novel
- The Witching Ship (Random House, 1960) novel
- 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 Schatten Affair (Atheneum, 1965) novel
- Snow Gods (New American Library, 1968) novel
- An Unknown Woman (Little Brown, 1976) novel
- A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888–1889 (Little Brown, 1979) (ISBN 0-14-005667-X ) reprinted by the Folio Society 2006
- The Forever Street (Doubleday, 1984) ( ISBN 0-7432-5220-9 ) novel
- Chocolate: An Illustrated History (Random House, 1986) ( ISBN 978-0-517-55765-5 ) written with his wife Marcia
- Crosstown Sabbath: A Street Journey Through History (Grove Press, 1987) ( ISBN 978-0-394-56070-0 )
- Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913-1914 (Scribner's, 1989) (ISBN 0-306-81021-2 )
- Runaway Waltz (Simon & Schuster, 2005) ( ISBN 0-7432-2539-2 ) memoir
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
- ^ "Schriftsteller Frederic Morton gestorben - KURIER.at". Archived from the original on 2016-04-24. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
- ^ Weber, Bruce (22 April 2015). "Frederic Morton, Author Who Chronicled the Rothschilds, Dies at 90". The New York Times.
- ^ "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, with 26 library catalog records
- 1924 births
- 2015 deaths
- Jewish emigrants from Austria to the United States after the Anschluss
- American bakers
- Jewish American novelists
- People from Hernals
- Recipients of the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
- American columnists
- The New York Times columnists
- 20th-century American novelists
- 21st-century American non-fiction writers
- Writers from Vienna
- American male novelists
- 20th-century American male writers
- 20th-century American non-fiction writers
- American male non-fiction writers
- 21st-century American male writers
- 21st-century American Jews