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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives)

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“Brilliant....This book is a perfect marriage—or should one say, duet—of subject and author, every word as masterly as the notes of the artist it illuminates.” — Christopher Buckley, Forbes

“This is not just criticism but poetry in itself, with the additional—and inestimable—merit of being true.” — Washington Post Book World

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Dutch) is one of Americas most distinguished biographers, known for his rich, compulsively readable prose style. His biography of Beethoven, one of the most admired composers in the history of music, is above all a study of genius in action, of one of the few giants of Western culture. Beethoven is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins “Eminent Lives” series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures.

Synopsis:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a composer of universal genius whose popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow and now encircles the globe. His most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. A lifelong devotee, Edmund Morris, the author of three bestselling presidential biographies, brings the great composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence—a gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints. But Beethoven's achievement rests in his immortal music, whose grandeur and beauty were conceived "on the other side of silence."

About the Author

Edmund Morris is the author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award), Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Rex (Los Angeles Times Book Prize). A pianist and private scholar of music, he has been studying Beethoven for a half century.

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zanderae, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by zanderae)
There are so many stories about Beethoven. There are so many books and essays about Beethoven.

This little volume is easy to read, well-researched, and written with love. It's research is borne out in my other primary source readings.

This book brings Beethoven's accomplishments in the world of music into sharp focus. I was pleased and thankful that it was recommended by a music historian.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060759759
Subtitle:
The Universal Composer
Author:
Morris, Edmund
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Composers
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Eminent Lives
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.90x5.30x.70 in. .40 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a composer of universal genius whose popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow and now encircles the globe. His most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. A lifelong devotee, Edmund Morris, the author of three bestselling presidential biographies, brings the great composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence—a gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints. But Beethoven's achievement rests in his immortal music, whose grandeur and beauty were conceived "on the other side of silence."
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