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mark abbott

A good, detailed look at the cultural ferment in fin-de-siècle Vienna that you describe is _A Nervous Splendor_ by Frederick Morton, published in the late 1970s or so. It includes lots of info on Austrian crown prince Rudolf, who killed himself in the midst of a torrid extramarital affair (as related in the film "Mayerling"), as well as all the cultural icons like Freud, Mahler, Klimt, etc. you mention.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Part of my family roots lies in Vienna.

The cultural disintigration began there. Schoenberg spent most of his long life repudiating and wrecking music, for example. Sigh.

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