The Mozart Myths: A Critical Reassessment

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Stanford University Press, Oct 1, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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This is an ambitious attempt to separate what is actually known (and can be known) about Mozart from the many myths and legends that have grown up about his life and character, notably the circumstances of his death and his alleged immaturity, drinking, extravagance, womanizing, unreliability, and professional failure.
  

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Contents

Was there foul play?
31
The medical history
56
Beast and angel
85
Eves part in his downfall
118
Genius and misfit
144
The rebel
177
A theodicy 207
225
CONCLUSION
263
Index
278
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William Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1914. After the Second World War (to which he was a conscientious objector), he earned a Ph.D. at the newly created Iowa Writer's Workshop. A longtime lecturer, workshop leader, and advocate on behalf of younger writers and readers, Stafford taught English at Lewis and Clark College from 1956 to 1979. He was awarded the National Book Award in Poetry for "Traveling through the Dark," The author of over fifty books, Stafford remains one of the most beloved and widely read poets in contemporary American letters. He died in Oregon, where he had formerly served as the state's poet laureate, in 1993.

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