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Florence Foster Jenkins

Darryl W. Bullock

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1374-1
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Hardcover
Overlook
6/7/16

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"Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed." ―Life Magazine

Madame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins' meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note.

Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention for her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything.

“Darryl W. Bullock’s charming Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!! is just about right for those who want to know more about the world’s worst opera singer…thoroughly readable and entertaining. This appealing little biography―which arrives just as a film version of its heroine’s story, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, has been released in the US―is warmhearted and delightful. At its core is a touching love story, as well as a message about the human spirit.”
—Alexander McCall Smith, The New York Times Book Review



Darryl W. Bullock is a writer, publisher, and blogger. He is the author of two other books, The World's Worst Records Volume One (2013) and The World's Worst Records Volume Two (2015).

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