b. Salerno (Italy), Aug. 13, 1933, d. Maria Saal (Carinthia), May 16, 1992, author, journalist. After a collection of poems and two novels, F. wrote numerous books on travel and non-fiction, esp. biographies of historical personalities. In 1957/58 he published "Die oe. Blaetter" and from 1959, together with P. Kruntorad, "Hefte fuer Literatur und Kritik". Together with E. Willner initiator of the Ingeborg-Bachmann competition in 1977. F. also produced series for the Austrian broadcasting corporation and was well-known for his commentaries in various newspapers.
Works#Verse aus Aquafredda, 1953 (poems); Die engen Mauern, 1958 (novel); Die Absage, 1960 (novel); Anatolische Elegien, 1977; Das Hl. Land, 1981; Machiavelli, 1988; F. Grillparzer, 1990; Auf den Spuren des Doppeladlers, 1992.