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The Man Verdi

The Man Verdi

by Frank Walker
Publication Date: 04/06/2016
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In this classic biography of composer Giuseppe Verdi, Frank Walker reveals Verdi the man through his connections with the individuals who knew him best.

"Walker focuses on some of the more significant people in Verdi's life and carefully scrutinizes his relationships with them. His wife, Giuseppina Strepponi; his student and amanuensis, Emanuele Muzio; the conductor who first fully understood Verdi's mature art, Angelo Mariani; the great prima donna, Teresa Stolz; the incomparable librettist and friend of his old age, Arrigo Boito--each passes before our eyes in Walker's meticulous reconstruction. As we learn more about them, we learn more about Verdi. We see him through the eyes of his closest friends, we watch his daily activities, his daily thoughts, his habits, his warmth, his domestic tyranny. The myth dissolves and a human being stands before us."--Philip Gossett, from the introduction
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University of Chicago Press
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United States
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Frank Walker

Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the Sun-Herald covering defence, veterans' affairs, national security and terrorism.

He's also worked on the Sydney Morning Herald, the National Times, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany.

In 2009, Hachette published his first book, The Tiger Man of Vietnam the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling Ghost Platoon in 2012, Maralinga in 2014 and Commandos in 2015. He lives in Sydney with his family.

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