The Love Letters of Percy French
and more besides
By: Alan Tongue
Revealed for the first time is the correspondence that Percy French, one of Ireland’s most influential songwriters, wrote to his fiancée and second wife-to-be, Ettie Sheldon, between May 1892 and January 1894, together with copious memorabilia of the period including several of the early French watercolours, theatre programmes, original ink sketches and portraits, and covers from the Irish Cyclist magazine of which French was editor.
The letters, written over a period of two years, give a fascinating account of the attempts of Percy French to further his career in writing and painting. With his inimitable humour he describes his travels and his various collaborations.
As with Alan Tongue’s previous book, the pages are arranged chronologically, with careful curation of relevant watercolours, archival photographs, programmes, articles and other memorabilia illuminating the text. This collection of letters was left to Alan Tongue by Ettie French, eldest daughter of the marriage, upon her death.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Love Letters of Percy French and more besides is the result of extensive research and travel by French scholar Alan Tongue, whose ground-breaking study of Percy French, A Picture of Percy French (1990) has become the standard work on this prolific and much-loved Roscommon-born Irish lyricist, entertainer, poet and painter. It is now a collector’s item, having been out of print for many years. Tongue is a retired BBC musical programme producer and Chief Conductor of the Northern Ireland Symphony Orchestra (1986-92).
|Dimensions||154 × 236 mm|
1 November 2015