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The iconic French singer comes to life in this enthralling, definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career.
Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Paris neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city’s streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-Elysées cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing Paris’s elite and the people of its slums in equal measure with her powerful, passionate voice. No Regrets explores her rise to fame and notoriety, her tumultuous love affairs, and her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also drawing on new sources to enhance our knowledge of little-known aspects of her life. Piaf was an unlikely student of poetry and philosophy, who aided Resistance efforts in World War II, wrote the lyrics for nearly one hundred songs (including “La Vie en rose”) and was a crucial mentor to younger singers (including Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour) who absorbed her love of chanson and her exacting approach to their métier.
Here is Piaf in her own world—Paris in the first half of the twentieth century—and in ours. Burke demonstrates how, with her courage, her incomparable art, and her universal appeal, “the little sparrow” endures as a symbol of France and a source of inspiration to entertainers worldwide.
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No Regrets The beloved French chanteuse comes to life in this enthralling biography, which captures Piaf's charismatic appeal along with the time and place that gave rise to her remarkable international career. Full descriptionAbout the Author:
Carolyn Burke is the author of Lee Miller: A Life and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Davis and at universities in France and in Australia, where she was born. She now lives in California and writes full-time.
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Book Description Knopf, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0307268012
Book Description Knopf, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0307268012
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf., 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New York: Knopf (2011). First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. Very Fine/Very Fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. Comes with mylar jacket protector. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on the title page and dated by her in the month of publication, March 2011. Shipped in well padded box. Purchased new and opened only for signature. Smoke free. Burke is the author of the biographies "Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy" (1996) and "Lee Miller" (2005). You cannot find a better copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 04-2011-2
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0307268012