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Title: Memoirs of the Musical Drama.
Description: London: Richard Bentley..., 1838. FIRST EDITION. 2 Volumes. 8vo, 228 x 132 mms., pp. xii [xiii List of Portraits, xiv blank], 465 [466 colophon, 467 - 468 adverts]; viii, 464, including half-titles, engraved frontispiece in each volume, one further engraved plate in volume 1 and 5 further engraved plates in volume 2, contemporary embossed cloth, spines blocked in gilt; portraits in volume 1 water-stained, a little shaken in binding, but a good set with the bookseller's ticket of Kenneth Mummery, Bournemouth, in volume 1. The music critic George Hogarth (17831870) moved back to London in 1834 and began writing articles on music and politics for the Morning Chronicle, where he met Charles Dickens, who later married, in 1836, Hogarth's daughter Catherine. He was appointed music critic for the Daily News in 1846. Reviewing this work in 1838, The Monthly Review judges the books to be successful and elegant, concluding that "his candour, his freedom from the prejudices of schools and sects, and the entire absence of every thing like affectation, are recommendations that are not more agreeable than they are rare on the part of historians and critics."

Keywords: music drama prose

Price: GBP 220.00 = appr. US$ 314.16 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 8171

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