THE PADEREWSKI MEMOIRS by Mary Paderewski & Lawton


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There may be divided opinion on this book. Those who want the material handled with the sincerity and lack of literary pretension that Paderewski quite evidently reveals in his interviews with Miss Lawton, will find this entirely to their liking. Miss Lawton gives the reader the feeling of sitting in on the interviews, of listening to the random outpourings, unselective memoirs of a full life, often repetitious, often over-detailed, when he wants to clarify a point. His has been an extraordinary career. This deals with his boyhood, his casual musical education, his discovery in his early twenties, that he had everything to learn, his record of tireless work from then on, his successes, his failures and disappointments, the people he knew, the audiences he met, the personal experiences -- and now and then, a flashback into his personal life, only for a moment. The artist and the genius and the man are here revealed, with no patina.... Those who would wish for a more finished piece of writing, a revaluation on the part of the biographer, a selection of material and a glossing over of the rough edges, will be disappointed. The story carries up to the war. A subsequent volume will give us the war years, and the picture of Paderewski, the patriot, the diplomat, the man of affairs. A book for those interested in more than the musical side, for this is not a technical autobiography. Simply music was his life -- and this is that story.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1938
Publisher: Scribner