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Mrs Schumann’s Profession

Denis Arnold, 22 May 1986

The Cambridge Music Guide 
edited by Stanley Sadie and Alison Latham.
Cambridge, 544 pp., £15, October 1985, 0 521 25946 0
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Tudor Music 
by David Wulstan.
Dent, 378 pp., £20, October 1985, 0 460 04412 5
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The Music Profession in Britain since the 18th Century: A Social History 
by Cyril Ehrlich.
Oxford, 269 pp., £22.50, January 1986, 0 19 822665 9
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Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman 
by Nancy Reich.
Gollancz, 346 pp., £15.95, October 1985, 0 575 03755 5
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Lorenzo Da Ponte: The Life and Times of Mozart’s Librettist 
by Sheila Hodges.
Granada, 274 pp., £12.95, October 1985, 0 246 12001 0
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... have given us those masterpieces of opera, officially opera buffa but in no sense merely comic. Sheila Hodges’s book naturally leans quite heavily on Da Ponte’s memoirs but her subtitle indicates her desire to put him in context. It was an almost unbelievable life, starting in a small town in the Veneto and ending in New York at a great ...

Sleepwalker on a Windowledge

Adam Mars-Jones: Carmen Maria Machado, 7 March 2019

Her Body & Other Parties 
by Carmen Maria Machado.
Serpent’s Tail, 245 pp., £8.99, January 2019, 978 1 78125 953 5
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... extended to all fifty states, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges), so shallowly rooted in law. In the book’s acknowledgments is a tender appreciation of Machado’s wife as a person (Val Howlett, also a writer) rather than a miraculous legal entity. Inside the stories no party lines need be observed. Readers waiting ...

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