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Frederic Morton, Austrian Author. Recipient Author of Year award National Anti-Defamation League, B'nai B'rith; Honorary Professorship award Republic of Austria, 1980, Tom Osborne Distinguished lectureship U. Nebraska, 1989; Dodd, Mead Intercollegiate Literature fellow, 1947; Yaddo residence fellow, 1948, 50; Breadloaf Writers' Conference fellow, 1947; Columbia University fellow, 1953; recipient Golden Merit award City of Vienna, 1986.


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.


Bachelor of Science, College City New York, 1947. Master of Arts, New School Social Research, 1949.


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 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. 1963: Author of the Year (Anti-Defamation League).


  • 1963: Author of the Year (Anti-Defamation League)\r\n1980: Title of "Professor"\r\n2001: Gold Medal of Vienna\r\n2003: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class.



Member Author's Guild (executive council), P.E.N.


Married Marcia Colman, March 28, 1957. 1 daughter, Rebecca.

Frank Morton

Rose (Ungvary) Morton

Marcia Colman