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Letters From a Life: Volume Two 1939–45: Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten
 
 
Author
Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed, eds.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.15 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
ISBN 9780571194001
Pages/Publication Date 1340/1998
Daedalus Item Code 22524
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In May 1939 Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears disembarked at Montreal at the start of their American visit, which was to be a period of intense musical activity and new personal relationships for the composer and the tenor. At the same time, the relationship between Britten and Pears deepened into a partnership that was to endure until Britten's death almost 40 years later. Their absence from England during the first years of World War II led to sharp public comment and controversy, much of it documented in this second volume of collected letters, while hostility to their pacifist convictions and to their homosexuality resurfaced upon their return in 1942. Prejudice and subterfuge even affected the première of Britten's masterpiece Peter Grimes in 1945, although it could not prevent the opera from being an unprecedented success. The creator of such operas as The Turn of the Screw, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Death in Venice, as well as The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and War Requiem, Britten is recognized as one of the leading composers of the 20th century.

"The letter is precisely Britten's métier—the only possible literary vehicle for his honesty and utter absence of affectation. As a creative characterized by great affection and great generosity, it is his genre... A rich and satisfying collection."—Guardian (London)

 
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