By Ned Rorem
An exciting, poignant, and impressive memoir of the early years and accomplishments—both musical and sexual—of popular modern composer Ned RoremNed Rorem, arguably the best composer of paintings songs that the USA has produced in additional than 100 years, can be respected as a diarist and essayist whose unexpurgated writings are right now spell binding, enlightening, and provocative. In understanding whilst to forestall, probably the most artistic American artists of our time bargains readers a colourful narrative of his first twenty-seven years, expertly unraveling the fascinating conundrum of who he actually is and the way he got here to be that method. because the writer himself writes, A memoir isn't a diary. Diaries are written within the warmth of conflict, memoirs within the repose of retrospect. yet cautious concept and attention haven't dulled the pointy element of Rorem's pen as he writes overtly of his lifestyles and loves, his missteps and triumphs, and provides frank and interesting images of the luminaries in his circle: Aaron Copland, Truman Capote, Jean Cocteau, Martha Graham, Igor Stravinsky, Billie Holliday, Paul Bowles, and Alfred C. Kinsey, to call a couple of. the result's an youth tale that's riveting, relocating, and intimate—a amazing self-portrait of 1 of the good minds of this age.
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