Edward J. Dent
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608 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

24 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Edward J. Dent

A Life of Words and Music

by Karen Arrandale

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This first full biography of Edward J. Dent (1876-1957), Cambridge Professor of Music and foremost musicologist, tells the story of a remarkable man who played a crucial role in the formation of twentieth-century culture and cultural institutions.
Operating at both personal and international levels, Dent knew and quietly influenced musicians, poets, artists, writers, politicians, theatrical producers and designers, including Busoni, E.M. Forster, Sassoon and Maynard Keynes. The book covers not only his pioneering music scholarship and cultural activities but also his personal crusades on behalf of music and opera, gays, refugees and the culturally destitute.

Drawn from a wide variety of unpublished sources, from behind Dent's carefully constructed public persona of a cosmopolitan gentleman scholar the picture emerges of a more complex and fascinating human being: a lifelong pacifist and agnostic; a scion of the upper classes who voted Labour; 'the kindest heart and the wickedest tongue in Cambridge', who always helped friends in need; a natural rebel and iconoclast; an English internationalist. His seminal books and articles remain fresh and vital and his writing hugely entertaining, while his ideas on the importance of the arts in everyday life are as relevant as ever. Dent's fundamental belief in 'training the imagination' and in personal friendships, along with his lifelong quest to 'understand all music', kept music and the arts alive through the most dire periods in the last century and into our own.
Introduction: Edward J. Dent: Another Kind of Genius
1: The Ribston Pippin 1876-1894
2: The Bumptious Undergraduate 1895-1899
3: The Accidental Scholar 1899-1901
4: The Travelling Fellow 1901-1907
5: The Wanderer 1906-07
6: The 'New Spirit' 1907-1910
7: The Impresario 1910-1914
8: The Pacifist 1914-1918
9: The Journalist 1919-1922
10: The International Musician 1922-1926
11: The Professor 1926-1931
12: The Juggler 1931-1934
13: The Beleaguered Diplomat 1935-36
14: The Colonial Doctor 1936-39
15: Titurel 1939-1945
16: Tityvillus 1946-1957
Afterword
Appendix: Dent's Ulcer
Select Bibliography
Index

KAREN ARRANDALE is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and former Senior Associate of King's College, Cambridge.

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Title Details

608 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

24 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press