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London: Peter Davies, 1933.
First Edition. Signed by F. Atwater Editor
plus three handwritten and signed letters by Dame Ethel Smyth. FEMALE PIPINGS IN EDEN First Edition, 8vo, 296pp, full portrait frontispiece, slightly aged and clean with red cloth boards with gilt titles, and VERY RARE dustjacket with the Signature of M. Artwater neatly signed 14/11/33 on ffe.
Dame Ethel Mary Smyth was a British Composer, Writer and Suffragist.
Enclosed inside the book are several correspondence between Atwater and Smyth to meet for an interview in 1924.
As well included is an "Extract Press Clipping" from the Times Literary Supplement November 30 1933, Mr. Atwater was a journalist and this clipping was his personal copy.
Also inside the book is a pink press release flyer October 13, 1933, that solicited the idea of creating a concert performance to honour Dame Ethel Smyth at the Royal Albert Hall and the launch of her new Book FEMALE PIPINGS IN EDEN."... A delightful medley of reminiscence observations and reflections by a celebrated musician and well-known writer."
It is obvious F. Atwater was a fan of Smyth.
In 1922 Smyth was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her accomplishments as a composer. She was the first woman composer to be awarded Damehood.
At age 71, she fell in love with writer Virginia Woolf who was also very involved in the women's suffrage movement and they both used their writings to express their political views. Woolf encouraged Smyth to write music and her own autobiography.
According to critics, Smyth most famous composition, “The Wreckers,” in 1906. praised it as one of the most important English operas.
Political activist Dame Ethel Smyth officially became a Grammy winner in 2021, 76 years after her death. Her 1930 2-part symphony THE PRISON took home the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category at the 2021 awards ceremony performed by soloist Sarah Brailey.
The Anthem “The March of Women,” a battle song for England's women's movement was composed by Dame Ethel Smyth in 1911.
This is a very rare and important book and original dustjackets hard to find.
Item #33144 Price: US$3,500.00