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The magic maker : a portrait of John Langstaff, creator of the Christmas revels

Author: Susan Cooper
Publisher: Somerville, Mass : Candlewick Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On Christmas Eve in 1920, John Meredith Langstaff was born into a music-filled home where a rousing, wassailing carol party was the peak of his family's year. Half a century later, his inspired Christmas Revels was born, a theatrical weaving of traditional song, folkdance, and drama that has become a beloved institution across the country. Now award-winning author Susan Cooper, a friend and writer for the Revels,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Langstaff; John Langstaff; John M Langstaff; John M Langstaff
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Cooper
ISBN: 9780763650407 0763650404
OCLC Number: 696318474
Description: 193 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The choirboy --
The Morris dances are swell --
The news seems to get worse and worse --
Things go deep with him --
God damn this war! --
He has time to become an outstanding singer --
Mr. Langstaff could make an onion sing! --
I lost my shirt --
The first real Revels --
Totally in his element --
The recruiting sergeant --
Fifty ideas before breakfast --
Master of the Revels --
I've got so much more --
Books by John Langstaff --
Recordings by John Langstaff --
Revels today.
Other Titles: Portrait of John Langstaff
Responsibility: Susan Cooper.

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On Christmas Eve in 1920, John Meredith Langstaff was born into a music-filled home where a rousing, wassailing carol party was the peak of his family's year. Half a century later, his inspired Christmas Revels was born, a theatrical weaving of traditional song, folkdance, and drama that has become a beloved institution across the country. Now award-winning author Susan Cooper, a friend and writer for the Revels, traces its roots through the rhythms of Jack Langstaff's life. --from publisher description.

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