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Frederick Ungar founded the Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. in New York in 1940. The publishing company specialized in translations of German literature, including the works of Goethe, Thomas Mann and Erich Fromm. He also published the landmark "Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century."

Ungar benefited from the reprint program of the United States Office of the Alien Property Custodian, which allowed him to reprint German books for the U. S. market without paying for licenses. In 1985, Ungar sold his company to Crossroad/ Continuum Publishing Group.

Ungar fled Austria after the Anschluss, briefly living in Prague, Zürich and London. Earlier, Ungar had co-founded the Phaidon Verlag in Vienna in 1922. Phaidon was later re-established by his former partners as a successful art book publisher in London. He also founded the Saturn Verlag and published several anti-Nazi books.

See also: Phaidon Press


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Frederick Ungar Publishing Co.
  • Location: New York
  • Period: 1940-1985
  • Publisher(s): Frederick Ungar (September 5, 1898, Vienna - November 16, 1988, New York)
  • Main Focus: German and Austrian literature
  • Number of Titles Published: unknown
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