The Secret Life of Glenn Gould by Michael Clarkson
A Genius in Love

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Through the memories of his women and confidantes, this biography provides a fresh portrait of virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, detailing his many motivations, dreams, quirks, and fears. Filled with personal stories from the people who were intimately involved with the man, this account shows how Gould, the world’s greatest pianist in the 1950s and 1960s, was richly inspired by, and bared his soul at the keyboard to, the numerous women who stirred his hard-to-fetch emotions. Long considered to be an asexual, lonely, and egocentric figure, this exposé—by examining the details about Gould’s many love affairs and how they affected his life, music, and filmmaking—presents a unique perspective on one of the most enigmatic artists of the 20th century.


About Michael Clarkson

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Michael Clarkson is the author of Intelligent Fear, Pressure Golf, and Quick Fixes for Everyday Fears. He is a former award-winning newspaper reporter, winning 11 national and international awards for his feature articles and investigative stories, including two National Newspaper Awards in Canada and a United States Health Care award. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his story on a rendezvous with reclusive author J. D. Salinger. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published April 1, 2010 by ECW Press. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in LoveBy Michael ClarksonECW Press310 pp.; $28.95 Review by Katherine AshenburgIf the rich are different from you and me, the geniuses are even more so. Glenn Gould’s many oddnesses — the obsessive soaking of the hands in hot water, the intense germ phobi...

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