Charles Ives (1874–1954) was publicly an insurance executive but privately a composer whose eccentric works and paradoxical life would intrigue, perplex, and inspire generations to come after him. Moving from Ives's childhood and years at Yale to his business and musical careers, the memories and reflections assembled in this Kinkeldey Award–winning volume provide a multifaceted and humanizing view of an enigmatic musical icon.
"A marvelously orchestrated portrait of this utterly singular American."—NYTimes
"In the 21st century, Ives's stature as America's most profound visionary composer continues to grow. It is so important to again have access to these essential sources which allow us to understand him as a man and as a part of our nation's cultural history."—Michael Tilson Thomas