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"Most satisfying . . . A highly accessible initial foray into an astonishing, and inexhaustible, subject." - The Cleveland Plain DealerMozart's music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson draws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozart's own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life and times in rich detail. Johnson charts Mozart's life from age three through to his later years - when he penned The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Along the way, Johnson challenges some of the popular myths that cloud Mozart's image: his allegedly tempestuous personal relationships and supposedly bitter rivalry with Salieri, as well as the notion that he was desperately impoverished when he died.

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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson works as a historian, journalist and author. He was educated at Stonyhurst School in Clitheroe, Lancashire and Magdalen College, Oxford, and first came to prominence in the 1950s as a journalist writing for, and later editing, the New Statesman magazine. He has also written for leading newspapers and magazines in Britain, the US and Europe. Paul Johnson has published over 40 books including A History of Christianity (1979) , A History of the English People (1987) , Intellectuals (1988) , The Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815 - 1830 (1991) , Modern Times: A History of the World from the 1920s to the Year 2000 (1999) , A History of the American People (2000) , A History of the Jews (2001) and Art: A New History (2003) as well as biographies of Elizabeth I (1974) , Napoleon (2002) , George Washington (2005) and Pope John Paul II (1982) .

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