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Florence Foster Jenkins : the inspiring true story of the world's worst singer / Nicholas Martin and Jasper Rees.

Martin, Nicholas, author. (Author). Rees, Jasper author. (Added Author).
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  • 1 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
LaGrange County Public Library - LaGrange B JE (Text) 30477100970148 Adult: New Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library 921 Jenkins (Text) 31208912270800 new non-fiction Checked out 11/10/2016
Spencer County Public Library - Rockport 782.1 MAR (Text) 70741000140432 Adult Non Fiction In transit -

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  • ISBN: 9781250115959
  • ISBN: 1250115957
  • Physical Description: 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-240).
Formatted Contents Note: Wilkes-Barre, Pa -- Mrs Dr Jenkins -- Philadelphian -- Chairman of music -- Mrs St Clair Bayfield -- Legatee -- Club woman -- The singing president -- Lady Florence -- Queen of the night -- Prima Donna of Carnegie Hall -- Like father, like daughter --Epilogue.
Summary, etc.: People may say that I couldn't sing. But no one can say that I didn't sing.' Despite lacking pitch, rhythm or tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America's best-known sopranos, celebrated for her unique recordings and her sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents, Florence was a talented young pianist but her life was thrown into turmoil when she eloped with Frank Jenkins, a man twice her age. The marriage proved a disaster and, in order to survive, Florence was forced to abandon her dreams of a musical career and teach the piano. Then her father died in 1909 and, newly installed in New York, she used a considerable inheritance to fund her passion. She set up a prestigious amateur music club and began staging operas. Aided by her English common-law husband, St Clair Bayfield, she worked tirelessly to support the city's musical life. Many young singers owed their start to Florence, but she too yearned to perform and began giving regular recitals that quickly attracted a cult following. And yet nothing could prepare the world for the astonishing climax of her career when, at the age of seventy-six, she performed at the most hallowed concert hall in America. In Florence Foster Jenkins, Nicholas Martin and Jasper Rees tell her extraordinary story, which inspired the film starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and directed by Stephen Frears.
Subject: Jenkins, Florence Foster, 1868-1944.
Sopranos (Singers) > United States > Biography.

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