It was during the turbulent decade of World War I that the intensely gifted and beautiful Harriet Cohen established herself as a pianist.
Enjoying huge success in her professional life, she was the first person outside the Soviet Union to play the music of the modern Soviet composers and was a huge success in America and throughout Europe. Her beauty and talent made her one of the most talked-about and photographed musicians of her day.
Yet it was in her private life that the story of this extraordinarily talented young woman becomes one of the greatest love stories of all time. Her passionate love affair with the composer Sir Arnold Bax spanned more than 30 years.
Their infatuation was played out against the backdrop of World War I, and was peppered with betrayal, lust, and tragedy. Their letters, published here for the first time, are among the most explicit of any written during that time and are staggering in their passion and poetry.
Brilliant author Helen Fry tells for the first time the remarkable story of this forgotten woman. Music and Men tells of Harriet Cohen's friendships and relationships with leading figures from every walk of life, from George Bernard Shaw to D.H. Lawrence and H.G. Wells, Sir Edward Elgar, Albert Einstein, Arnold Bennett, Vaughan Williams, Ramsey MacDonald, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Offering an insight into the politics, arts, and culture of the day, this incredible new biography tells the poignant story of a beautiful, possessive, flirtatious, and determined musician.
About the Author
Helen Fry is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College, London. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Exeter in 1996. Her groundbreaking book The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens: Germans who Fought for Britain in the Second World War was published by Sutton in 2007. She lives in London.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st September 2008
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.679