Cambridge University Press to reprint Newman's 4 volume "Life Of Richard Wagner"

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 17 November 2012 | 1:46:00 am

Perhaps the most complete biography of Wagner ever written; Ernest Newman's four volume "Life of Richard Wagner" will be made available once again by  Cambridge University Press. All four volumes will be republished on January 1st 2013. Present list price between £32 and £42 per volume (Paperback).

Ernest Newman's four-volume Life of Wagner, originally published between 1933 and 1947, remains a classic work of biography. The culmination of forty years' research on the composer and his works (Newman's first Study of Wagner was first published in 1899), these books present a detailed portrait of perhaps the most influential, the most controversial and the most frequently reviled composer in the whole history of western music. Newman was aware that no biography can ever claim to be complete or completely accurate: 'The biographer can at no stage hope to have reached the final truth. All he can do is to make sure that whatever statement he may make, whatever conclusion he may come to, shall be based on the whole of the evidence available at the time of writing.' In this aim he triumphantly succeeds.