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The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung by [Roger Scruton]

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“Roger Scruton provides a fresh and compelling look [at The Ring] . . . offering complicated philosophical arguments to the lay reader with admirable clarity and not a trace of condescension. The book’s greatest virtue is its refusal to treat The Ring as if it were simply its libretto . . . Throughout the book, Scruton is scrupulously attentive to the ways in which Wagner’s meanings reveal themselves in music as well as text. Nothing in opera is grander than The Ring, no work more suited to the deep reading the writer gives here. The Ring of Truth brings us face to face with Wagner’s genius.”
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Fred Cohn, Opera News

“Definitive . . . Scruton’s presentation is grounded throughout in a deep understanding of the culture of Wagner’s era . . . the writing is clear and persuasive . . . Highly recommended without reservation to the cognoscenti, who will profit enormously from this impressive scholarship.”
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Library Journal, starred review

“An illuminating dissection of the composer’s masterful 
Ring.”
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San Francisco Classical Voice

“After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece.”
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Economist

“[Scruton] lays out his argument in a clear, coherent, and readable manner. . . . An admirable, welcome effort to illuminate one of the most significant artistic achievements of the modern age.”
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Kirkus Reviews

“Roger Scruton is in many ways the ideal interpreter of the
Ring. His book is a deeply felt rallying call for the view of humanity and its place in the cosmos that Scruton sees as embodied in the Ring.”
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Adam Lively, The Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who has held positions at the universities of London, Oxford, Boston, and St. Andrews and who has written widely on art, architecture, music, and aesthetics. His books include his now classic Short History of Modern Philosophy (1981), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (2004), and Fools, Frauds and Firebrands (1985, republished 2015). He is a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07MXDQFDH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ABRAMS Press; 1st edition (November 21, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 21, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9491 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 418 pages
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Roger Vernon Scruton, FBA, FRSL (/ˈskruːtən/; born 27 February 1944) is an English philosopher who specialises in aesthetics. He has written over thirty books, including Art and Imagination (1974), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), Sexual Desire (1986), The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Beauty (2009), How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism (2012), Our Church (2012), and How to be a Conservative (2014). Scruton has also written several novels and a number of general textbooks on philosophy and culture, and he has composed two operas.

Scruton was a lecturer and professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, from 1971 to 1992. Since 1992, he has held part-time positions at Boston University, the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and the University of St Andrews. In 1982 he helped found The Salisbury Review, a conservative political journal, which he edited for 18 years, and he founded the Claridge Press in 1987. Scruton sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Aesthetics, and is a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Scruton has been called "the man who, more than any other, has defined what conservatism is" by British MEP Daniel Hannan and "England’s most accomplished conservative since Edmund Burke" by The Weekly Standard.

Outside his career as a philosopher and writer, Scruton was involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in Soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War, and he has received a number of awards for his work in this area.

Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Pete Helme (http://www.rogerscruton.com) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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