R.J. Stove

R.J. Stove lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is the author of César Franck: His Life and Times (Scarecrow Press, 2012).

The Great Bow Tie View of History


The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.Edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger(Random House, 631 pages, $35) Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. never explored the sweeping plains of my native Australia—indeed, it is hard to imagine him doing so when there remained parts of Europe still untouched by an Ivy League mission civilisatrice. Schlesinger’s attitude toward all things […]

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A Forgotten Waugh


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Wagner Through A Blizzard


Richard Wagner: A Life In MusicBy Martin Geck(University of Chicago Press, 423 pages, $35) THE JUNE 1980 issue of Esquire asked rhetorically on its cover: “Is anyone in America not writing a screenplay?” Similar queries could be posed about present-day Wagneriana: Is anyone in the world not writing a book on Wagner? According to an oft-quoted statistic, Wagner has inspired more […]

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The Hammer, the Sickle, and the Christian Scientist


Diaries 1924-1933: The Prodigal SonSerge Prokofiev, translated and annotated by Anthony Phillips(Cornell University Press, 1,125 pages, $60) Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina ProkofievBy Simon Morrison(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 336 pages, $26) UNTIL RECENTLY, outstanding composer-diarists have been countable on the fingers of one foot. A possible exception is Tchaikovsky, but no one would value […]

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What Did You Do in the War, Benjy?


Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth CenturyBy Paul Kildea(Allen Lane, 665 pages, $45) THANKS TO THE CENTENARY of his birth this year, Benjamin Britten–related books are truly gushing from English publishers, what with Neil Powell’s Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music, Lucy Walker’s Britten in Pictures, and volume six (!) of the man’s correspondence […]

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