Rupert Christiansen

The High Notes Of Love

Susanna, The Captain & The Castrato: Scenes From The Burney Salon, 1779-80

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THIS IS AN enchanting little monograph, neither dramatic nor important, but in its way perfectly focused and beautifully composed. Its author, Linda Kelly, is an accomplished cultural historian of the late eighteenth century and its principal subject is the romantic friendship between Fanny Burney’s younger sister Susanna and the legendary Italian castrato Gasparo Pacchierotti.

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