John Christie of Glyndebourne by Wilfrid Blunt soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Geoffrey Bles, 1968, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Genealogical table;
From the cover: John Christie, is best known as the founder of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera House.
His life was a full one. An only child, he was sent to Eton, where later he returned as a member of the Science staff. His sixteen years as a schoolmaster were interrupted by two years of active service in the First World War, when he won the Military Cross. After the death of his grandfather his father gave him the use of Glyndebourne, an ancient but much renovated country house in the Sussex downs, which soon became an absorbing interest to him. In 1930 his father, who had always been mentally unstable, died leaving his Devonshire properties away from the family; this caused a celebrated lawsuit in which John Christie and his mother were successful. A year later John married Audrey Mildmay, the opera singer, with whose help he created the Opera Festival which, in spite of some initial scepticism, has triumphantly succeeded and is now an accepted institution in the pattern of English life.
Mr. Blunt has given in this book a lively picture of a man who was often considered an eccentric, yet who epitomized something really worth while in his generation.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners’ name to the first blank.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 303 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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