How did a nineteenth-century Italian composer, devoid of English, come to fall in love with the sixteenth-century texts of a British bard, transforming three of the famous stage plays into mammoth, canonical operas (Macbeth, Othello, and Falstaff)? That’s the conundrum that Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills unravels with a wealth of fascinating anecdotal research. Comparing and contrasting the two creators, Wills shows the affinity that underpinned their different styles of genius.
About the Writer
James Mustich is the author of the new book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List. A veteran bookseller, he was a founder, and for twenty years publisher, of the book catalogue A Common Reader, and later the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review.