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Founder and director of the Viennese publishing company Saturn Verlag.

Career Summary

Fritz Ungar founded Phaidon Verlag in Vienna in 1922. (Phaidon was later re-established as an art book publisher in London by his former partners.) In 1926 he founded Saturn Verlag, producing educational books, poetry, fiction, and later books on Jewish matters. In 1938, Saturn Verlag was aryanized, and Ungar moved to Prague, Switzerland, London, finally emigrating to the USA, where he published successfully under the name Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. in New York, issuing literature, including translations of German and Austrian writers.

Ungar and the Schenker circle

Ungar was a cousin of Oswald Jonas. In 1927, he was involved in the unrealized plan for a monthly periodical centered on Schenker's theory, to be called Die Tonkunst.

With Saturn Verlag, Ungar published Jonas's Das Wesen des musikalischen Kunstwerks: Eine Einführung in die Lehre Heinrich Schenkers (July 1934), and also Felix Salzer's Sinn und Wesen der abendländischen Mehrstimmigkeit (1935).


  • Edelman, Hendrik, "Other Immigrant Publishers of Note in America," in Immigrant Publishers: the Impact of Expatriot Publishers in Britain and America in the 20th Century, eds. Richard Abel and Gordon Graham (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2009), pp. 198‒99


  • Hedi Siegel and Ian Bent

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