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My Life [Kindle Edition]

Richard Wagner
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Two volumes combined in one edition formatted for the Kindle.
PART I. 1813-1842,
PART II. 1842-1850 (Dresden),

PART III 1850-1861,
PART IV 1861-1864,

The contents of these volumes have been written down directly from my dictation, over a period of several years, by my friend and wife, who wished me to tell her the story of my life. It was the desire of both of us that these details of my life should be accessible to our family and to our sincere and trusted friends; and we decided therefore, in order to provide against a possible destruction of the one manuscript, to have a small number of copies printed at our own expense. As the value of this autobiography consists in its unadorned veracity, which, under the circumstances, is its only justification, therefore my statements had to be accompanied by precise names and dates; hence there could be no question of their publication until some time after my death, should interest in them still survive in our descendants, and on that point I intend leaving directions in my will.

If, on the other hand, we do not refuse certain intimate friends a sight of these papers now, it is that, relying on their genuine interest in the contents, we are confident that they will not pass on their knowledge to any who do not share their feelings in the matter.

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This reprint is of the first English paperback edition of Richard Wagner's autobiography. This is a primary document of enormous importance for all Wagner enthusiasts, being virtually the sole source of information of the composer's childhood and youth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1174 KB
  • Print Length: 601 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406822647
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Optal eBooks (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001P06FJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biography on Richard Wagner 14 Aug. 2011
This is an excellent and highly recommended book on the life of Richard Wagner. Many different aspects are covered in this particular book that are not covered in many books of this wonderful opera composer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner tells his own story. 3 Aug. 2007
By Jon C. Woodyard - Published on
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Monumental both in creativity and egotism, Richard Wagner drafted an autobiography that is amazingly accurate with not too many exaggerations by the author. If one wants the composer's insights on the various encounters he has when bringing his music to life, this is one book you must read. At times it is tediously detailed but the "devil is in the details." It is impossible to understand the man and his world without reading this personal insight. He was, above all other things, one of the foremost musical geniuses that changed the face of opera forever. The consummate Wagner student must, at some time in his study read this book, cover to cover.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wagner, Pompous As Ever 29 Dec. 2012
By D. G. Goeritz - Published on
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This was a turgid book if ever there was one. I couldn't finish it. In his own words, Richard Wagner comes across as pompous,arrogant, self-centered, not very bright and boring to death. He may have been a musical genius, depending on whom one consults, but I certainly had no use for, and could not spend much time with the unpleasant person in this book. Maybe someone else's biography of him might be a bit more interesting and enlightening, but he should have kept his hands off trying to write his own.
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