Continuing our biography-fest, we are pleased to announce a new biography of Dame Clara Butt.
Dame Clara Butt (1872-1936) was one of the most celebrated singers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, a symbol of the glory of a Britain on whose Empire the sun never set. Standing an Amazonian 6’2″ tall, Clara had a glorious contralto voice of such power that when she sang in Dover, Sir Thomas Beecham swore she could be heard in Calais. She was a great favourite of Queen Victoria, who helped pay for her studies. Dame Clara was also one of the few people who managed to remain friends with Marie Corelli.
In the first biography since her death, Maurice Leonard tells Dame Clara Butt’s remarkable story, from humble beginnings in Sussex, to her dazzling apotheosis by an adoring nation. With humour and insight, Leonard reveals the woman behind the cultural icon.
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