Newman is the author of the standard four volume biography of Wagner, published over the years 1933-1946. In the course of his research, in the publication and availability of new source material, he has come across primary data which enables him to see Wagner's work as Wagner himself viewed it. And for this reason he is publishing this new analysis of the operas, beginning with The Flying Dutchman and going on through Parsifal. Enormous erudition -- profound understanding of the man, his period, the forces operating at the time each opera was composed and produced. A book for close students of the scores- for listeners who want to share Newman's own determination to get from the operas that last ounce of what went into their creation. Special market.