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This review is from: Mahler: His Life, Work and World (Paperback)
I'm finding this book to be a very addictive read. It's not strictly a biography, although almost functions as one; it's a collection of correspondences, articles and interviews in more-or-less chronological order from Mahler's lifetime. It presents first-hand accounts of Mahler's life and times, rather than an author's interpretation.
Reading these accounts written from the 1860s through the early 1900s gives a real sense of what the times were like for Mahler; we read in his own words (translated to English, of course) of his jubilations and his frustrations. The book features some poignant articles from the anti-Semitic press and the influence of the Christian Socialist Party which were sad indications of the nastiness that was to grow over the following decades.
Read while listening to a Mahler symphony (the RCO Live collection is to be recommended!).