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No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf
 
 
Author
Carolyn Burke.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.55 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780307268013
Pages/Publication Date 304/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33390
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The iconic French singer comes to life in this engaging and thoughtful biography from the author of Lee Miller: A Life and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy, who captures Édith Piaf's immense charisma and evokes the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career. Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Paris neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the street, where she was discovered by a Champs-Elysées cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing the city's elite and its denizens with her powerful, passionate voice. Carolyn Burke explores Piaf's rise to fame and notoriety, her tumultuous love affairs, and her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also finding in her an unlikely student of poetry and philosophy, who aided Resistance efforts in World War II, wrote the lyrics for nearly a hundred songs (including "La Vie en rose"), and became a mentor to singers like Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.

"Burke's terrific biography of Édith Piaf shucks the simplistic arc of self-destructive urchin to a more complex portrait that includes the singer's heroics in the French Resistance and roles as mentor, lyricist, and enduring icon."—Marie Claire

 
 
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