Wotan’s Daughter recounts the turbulent life and career of Marjorie Lawrence, one of Australia’s most renowned opera stars. From humble beginnings in rural Victoria, Lawrence rose to become one of the pre-eminent Wagner singers of her generation, acclaimed and honoured in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York where she shared roles with the legendary Kirsten Flagstad.
Stricken by polio at the height of her career, Lawrence fought back courageously against physical disability and prejudice to rebuild her shattered life and return to the stage. This is a book for all music lovers and those who value an inspiring story of triumph over adversity.
Richard Davis is an internationally acclaimed writer specialising in biographies. He was encouraged to pursue a career in writing by Patrick White, Alan Marshall and Ivan Southall. His most recent biography of Marjorie Lawrence, Wotan’s Daughter, is one in a series devoted to the lives of notable Australian musicians. Others include biographies of June Bronhill and Stuart Challender (both published by Wakefield Press) and of pianists Geoffrey Parsons and Eileen Joyce. These have enjoyed international critical success and earned Richard the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Award for the Arts. Richard is also the author of some lighter books and teaches Creative Writing. His popular Creative Writing courses attract students from around Australia and overseas.
Paperback, 360pp, 2nd edition 2021 (1st edition 2012)
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