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Norman, Jessye. STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SING! : A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 316 pages. As New/As New.

The author's memoir. One of the most valuable cultural, not just musical, documents of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Jessye Norman's sensational and moving memoir. "Recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. The story of one woman's astonishing life, not just for lovers of music, but for everyone" (Publisher's blurb). All reviews demurely describe Jessye Norman as "one of the most admired artists of our time". Well, let's see: The French chose her to sing their stirring national anthem, "La Marseillaise", on the occasion of France's Bicentennial (her gown was the French flag). She is the real-life model of "Diva", the greatest film on opera ever made. The latter is a fable on the terror of opera singing: A great yet deeply insecure African-American singer is terrified to hear her own voice, but becomes close to an ardent young fan, who liberates her from her crippling, neurotic anxiety. Virtually all of her performances are definitive. She sang Wagner at Bayreuth. She has collaborated with all of the greatest composers and conductors of modern and contemporary music. So, while it is true that her story is for everyone, it is especially for her fans, who love and worship her. America has produced some of the best singers in our time, surpassing Europe before the end of the 20th century. Jessye Norman is indisputably the greatest one of all. An absolute "must-have" title for Jessye Norman collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (very shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Jessye Norman 27 May 2014". This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, exceptionally so, the single most beautiful signed copy we have ever seen. For whatever reason, most of the copies available for the signing (no one was allowed by the organizers to bring their own copies) had problems, none of them caused by use, as the books were all new. We were able to get the very few pristine copies available. Beware: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. Signed copies will be very scarce because Jessye Norman did not tour widely. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with vintage plates. The greatest American diva of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0544003403. $250.00

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