The Love Bomb

And Other Musical Pieces

James Fenton

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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Three Libretti—Ranging In Setting From Ancient Jerusalem To Pre-Apocalyptic London—From An Acclaimed Poet

This volume of libretti marks new work—and new terrain—for James Fenton. Commissioned by companies in New York and England, these musical pieces make the most of the poet’s poignant, witty, and characteristically lyrical verse. Whether evoking modern-day London on the edge of apocalypse in The Love Bomb, a timeless land beyond the moon in this version of Salman Rushdie’s children’s novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories, or ancient Jerusalem in his stirring oratorio The Fall of Jerusalem, which was composed to mark the millennium, Fenton’s lucid storytelling and stylish wordplay bring these pieces vividly to life—with equal power in performance or on the page.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories was commissioned by the New York City Opera and is scheduled to receive its premiere at Lincoln Center in September 2003.

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James Fenton

A noted poet and former theater critic, James Fenton writes about poetry, art, and history for The New York Review of Books. His most recent book is An Introduction to English Poetry (FSG, 2003).

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The Love Bomb
And Other Musical Pieces
James Fenton

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
July 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571211470
ISBN10: 057121147X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$16.00
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