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Letters From a Life: The Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten. Volume One, 1923-1939; Volume Two, 1939-1945, Boxed set of 2 volumes (v. 1) Hardcover – August 8, 1991

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"A landmark: these letters and their extensive annotation provide a virtual biography of the most important British composer since Purcell. . . . All those interested in music in the twentieth century must read these volumes, which also provide intriguing snapshots of the recent British past."—Peter Stansky, Stanford University

"This is the composer who turned his paranoia as homosexual and pacifist into the classic 20th-century opera, Peter Grimes. . . . Now at last we have some really new material about that personal experience. It turns out to be even more fascinating than one could have imagined."—Philip Brett, editor of Cambridge Opera Handbook Peter Grimes

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"A landmark: these letters and their extensive annotation provide a virtual biography of the most important British composer since Purcell. . . . All those interested in music in the twentieth century must read these volumes, which also provide intriguing snapshots of the recent British past." (Peter Stansky, Stanford University)
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  • Hardcover: 1403 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (August 8, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520065204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520065208
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 7.4 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,223,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a must for any serious Britten scholar. Hundreds of letters and diary entries are included which tell the story of the composers life. To get a complete view, letters and diary entries of people surrounding Briten are also included. The overwhelming amount of footnoted material also includes a wealth of information.
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