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Enrico Caruso : my father and my family
Caruso, Enrico, 1904-1987.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
724 pages, 125 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
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"Discography of original recordings, by William R. Moran, and Post-1950 re-issues, by Richard Koprowski": p.603-638.
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ML420.C259 C3 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML420.C259 C3 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Drawing on the personal recollections of the Caruso brothers, archival material preserved by the family, and extensive research, this book is a rare tribute to to the man and his vocal legacy. This abridged edition includes the full original text covering Caruso's life and death, plus a current discography.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Enrico Caruso, Jr.'s biography of his father is obviously a labor of love as well as an attempt to set the family record straight on the great singer's life and musical career. With the help of librarian Farkas, who on his own has written a biography of Lawrence Tibbett, this task becomes an ambitious portrait of Caruso as singer, husband, father, and celebrity. With Farkas on hand to rein in some of Caruso's more rambling reminiscences, the book also goes beyond the tenor's public and personal history to give attention to the whole Caruso family and its many extraordinary members. While more a primary source than a critical work, this book should attract a wide audience of readers interested in musical history as well as the singer's fans. Bibliographies, discography, and chronology of Caruso's appearances. ~--John Brosnahan

Library Journal Review

From the early biography by Pierre Key to the best seller by his wife, Dorothy, from voluminous bibliography to the celebrated recordings, Caruso's life has been well documented. Two years ago, Michael Scott wrote an exhaustive biography ( The Great Caruso , LJ 9/15/88) that appeared to set the standard. Now we have a highly personal account by the great singer's own son in collaboration with recording authority Farkas. Many Caruso legends are corrected by this work. For instance, every other Caruso biography and the article in the New Grove say he was 18th of 21 children; he was, in fact, third of seven. This reviewer, working from galleys, had no opportunity to examine such ancillary materials as plates, chronologies, discographies, or bibliography, which, if they equal their promise, will be impressive and significant additions to this Caruso document.-- William Shank, CUNY Graduate Sch. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This fascinating, readable biography is more than the average as-told-to memoir of a celebrity by an adoring relative or friend. Instead, it is a thoroughly researched and carefully presented tale of perhaps this century's greatest singer, Enrico Caruso, told in the context of his family, from grandparents to grandsons. Not that the book is never colored by the son's admiration for his father or his awareness of the tenor's position on the international operatic scene; but though it is sometimes biased, occasionally repetitious or inconsistent, its author is also articulate, good-humored, and engaging. Caruso Jr. presents his father's life "warts and all," but with sympathetic understanding of his subject's humanity. Much basic material appears here for the first time--passages from the memoirs of Rodolfo Caruso, the tenor's oldest son, for example, or from family letters. Other material--e.g., reviews of performances by Ada Giachetti--is available nowhere else in English and is difficult enough to find in its original language. Information on the existence of rare Caruso recordings is supplemented by a detailed discography, and subjective evaluations of the demands of Caruso's work are supported by a chronological list of his operatic appearances from 1894 until his death. Photos and bibliography are extensive. Clearly skilled in research and writing, coauthor Farkas deserves thanks for helping make this a book with both integrity and passion. -K. Pendle, University of Cincinnati