Based on official source material only and on new private papers recently accessible, from Stephanie, Rudolph's widow, the...

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RUDOLPH: The Tragedy of Mayerling

Based on official source material only and on new private papers recently accessible, from Stephanie, Rudolph's widow, the story retraces the legendary love idyll which ended in double death. In the retelling, which makes no concession to fiction, there is traced the childhood of the prince, the unstable heredity, the tendency towards melanoolia. While his sympathies are with Rudolph, he does not evade the degenerative weaknesses; the revolutionary tendencies quickly subdued by Francis Joseph; the unhappy marriage to self-absorbed Stephanie (the author's aunt by marriage); the many women of his closing years; the achievement of oft-threatened suicide, with Marie Vetsera used as a casual companion in death...An ardent affair given a cold shower; little of literary value.

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 1948

ISBN: 1432569163

Page Count: -

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1948