A magnificent book by a famous author on perhaps the greatest of all musical works
Roger Scruton was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He taught for twenty years in the department of philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, and is now Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, Massachusetts. He is the editor of the Salisbury Review. His works include Art and Imagination, The Aesthetics of Architecture, The Meaning of Conservatism, Sexual Desire, Modern Philosophy and The Philosopher on Dover Beach. He has written several works of fiction, including the highly acclaimed Xanthippic Dialogues.
a masterpiece, all told the best book on Wagner I have ever
read -- Michael Tanner * Literary Review *
After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. * Economist *
Roger Scruton is in many ways the ideal interpreter of the Ring -- Adam Lively * The Sunday Times *
Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly -- Tim Blanning * Literary Review *
Admirably lucid ... a perceptive and detailed account ... constantly enlightening commentary -- Lucy Beckett * Tablet *