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Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!! : the life of the world's worst opera singer

Author: Darryl W Bullock
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Madame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Florence Foster Jenkins; Florence Foster Jenkins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darryl W Bullock
ISBN: 9781468313741 1468313746
OCLC Number: 943645415
Notes: Includes timeline and discography.
Description: 198 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Overture --
Welcome to Wilkes-Barre --
Mrs. Doctor Jenkins --
The curious case of the missing will --
Florence and St. Clair --
Flo's a singer --
I hope the boat sinks! --
Meet Mr. McMoon --
Madame makes a record --
Live at Carnegie Hall --
Goodbye --
Finale.
Responsibility: Darryl W. Bullock.

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"Madame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note. Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention for her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything."--Amazon.com.

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