Jacqueline Du Pre: A Biography

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Carol Easton, who knew Jacqueline du Pré well, draws on this friendship to create a moving and insightful portrait of a singularly complex person. Jacqueline du Pré (the subject of the recent film Hilary and Jackie) was the music world's "golden girl," with what appeared to many to be a fairytale career and storybook marriage to Daniel Barenboim. But away from her cello, du Pré was achingly human. As a child, she was isolated by her phenomenal talent. As an adult, she was confined to the rarefied, insular concert...

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Overview

Carol Easton, who knew Jacqueline du Pré well, draws on this friendship to create a moving and insightful portrait of a singularly complex person. Jacqueline du Pré (the subject of the recent film Hilary and Jackie) was the music world's "golden girl," with what appeared to many to be a fairytale career and storybook marriage to Daniel Barenboim. But away from her cello, du Pré was achingly human. As a child, she was isolated by her phenomenal talent. As an adult, she was confined to the rarefied, insular concert world. And during the last fifteen years of her life, she lived in the inexorably shrinking world of the invalid, as multiple sclerosis took its toll. The Baltimore Sun said, Carol Easton tells this extraordinary story "with feeling befitting du Pré's own."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sensitive biography an American woman who ``passed time'' with British musician Jacqueline du Pre (1945-1987) during the last years of her life helps explain why so many people fell in love with her persona as well as her incomparable artistry on the cello. Reminiscences of teachers, schoolmates, associates and friends quoted here show the shy, gawky, undereducated girl, the daughter of anti-Semitic parents who herself converted to Judaism and at age 21 married Jewish pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim. We also see the invalid, the longtime sufferer of multiple sclerosis, the grown woman who giggled a lot, loved to tell and hear dirty jokes (the cruder the better) and who was impatient with hypocrisy, pretension and prejudice. A tragic story told with warmth and understanding. Photos. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306809767
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 972,450
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Easton has written acclaimed biographies of Agnes de Mille, Stan Kenton, and Sam Goldwyn. She lives in California.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Exceptional Presentation- A must for Jacqueline du Pre' fans

    Written compassionately from personal knowledge. It shows the talents, challenges and successes of a gifted individual. I purchased the book based on my interest in Jacqueline du Pre' and the author's great past works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    Very, Very good.

    This is such a great biography. A very deatailed look into the life of one of the 20th century's most talented musicians. A real page turner.

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