'Worthen's is by far the most comprehensive account I have read of the facts of Schumann's life. His central thesis is important, and he writes clearly and freshly, bringing a wise head to an intricate tangle of evidence.' Susan Tomes, The Independent. '...beautifully written and meticulously researched and foodtnoted.' Simon Heffer, Literary Review. 'This is a biography with attitude.' Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine. '...engaging, well written and clearly aimed at the general reader... for those wanting to read an affectionate life of one of the greatest and most loveable figures of the early 19th century, this book can be recommended.' Steven Isserlis, The Guardian. '...alongside the tragedies, this riveting account of Schumann's life also manages to encapsulate both the joy and elation of one of music's greatest, still neglected geniuses, and to express a passionate enthusiasm for his works. For this, Schumannites ought to be deeply grateful.' Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times. '...John Worthen's fine and scholarly new biography...' John Adamson, The Sunday Telegraph. --The Independent, Literary Review, BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
John Worthen was Professor of D. H. Lawrence Studies at the University of Nottingham. His books include 'The Gang: Coleridge, the Hutchinsons and the Wordsworths in 1802'.