Dr. Charles Burney: A Literary Biography

Dr. Charles Burney: A Literary Biography

by Roger Lonsdale, Lonsdale


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"A beautifully organized work of scholarship, a book of exceptional learning and sympathy."—Times Literary Supplement. "Rarely does one find a new biography which merits such wholehearted praise—for thorough research using large masses of new information, for skillful use of evidence, and for a smooth, entertaining style.... One of the outstanding literary lives of our period."—Johnsonian Newsletter (Columbia University). Since his death in 1814, Charles Burney's long and remarkable career has usually been seen in the terms dictated by his idealizing daughter Fanny. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material, this biography (first published in 1965) tells the story of Burney's determined climb from humble origins to celebrity as a musicologist and musical traveler, as a member of the Johnsonian circle, and as the head of an unusually talented family. This intimate study of one of the most engaging and energetic men of his age throws new light on his literary and musical career and on his acquaintance with such luminaries as Handel, Garrick, Johnson, Rousseau, and Haydn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198128854
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Platesxiii
Abbreviations and Cue Titlesxv
I.Childhood and First Years in London, 1726-511
II.King's Lynn and the Return to London, 1751-6938
III.Musical Travels, 1769-7380
IV.The First Volume of the History of Music, 1773-6134
V.Burney and Sir John Hawkins, 1770-89189
VI.Burney in the Johnsonian Circle, 1776-84226
VII.Burney and the Court, 1784-9292
VIII.Memoirs of Metastasio, 1789-96347
IX.'Astronomy, an Historical and Didactic Poem', 1796-1801381
X.Burney and Rees's Cyclopaedia, 1801-5407
XI.Burney's 'Memoirs'432
XII.Last Years, 1805-14456
I.Burney's setting of Thornton's Burlesque Ode on St. Cecilia's Day485
II.Cancellations in the History of Music, Volume I491

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