Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler

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She was one of the most beautiful women in all of Vienna, Austria, coming of age at the end of the 19th Century. Initially married to the composer Gustav Mahler who was nearly twice her age, she had an affair with Walter Gropius and ended up marrying him after Mahler died. Even the marriage with Gropius was troubled as she had an affair with Franz Werfel, whom she also married after separating from Gropius. She eventually settled in New York where she lived out the rest of her days.

It can be hard to write a book about someone who was not directly powerful. Most of her impact was her affairs and loves with men other than her husband. At times, it just feels like not much is happening, and the entries from her journals and letters, especially the affairs that ended on a sour note, are about the only interesting parts. She was involved with many men and wanted to become a composer herself, but her lack of support and her mindset of always needing love led to bouts of depression.


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Author Cate Haste
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Basic Books
Publish Date 2019-09-10
ISBN 9780465096718
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Issue January 2020
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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