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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Last season, we highlighted a marvelously entertaining book about the travels of Einstein's brain (Driving Mr. Albert), which has since gone on to bestsellerdom. This season, we introduce a writer who's not so much new as new to us. What makes his writing so fresh is the subject matter: the extraordinary journey of a single lock of the great musical master's hair.
Stolen from the composer's head while his body lay in a casket, these strands of Beethoven's hair were placed between two sheets of glass and sheltered in a locket-for some 200 years. But just five years ago, the locket was purchased by two men: collectors of Beethoven memorabilia, who elected to donate some of the hair (with the all-important follicles attached) to the Center for Beethoven Studies. And no, this is not fiction!
Beethoven's Hair reveals the story of how this relic came into the possession of the collectors, and how the DNA testing that has been done on the hair may forever change what we know and think about Beethoven himself. Russell Martin has not written a dry or tediously factual history, but a rip-roaring romp through the life of the master of classical music that will illuminate any reader with even the most passing interest in one of the most accomplished musicians and composers of all time.