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Paterfamilias (1889–1924)

Neil Gould

in Victor Herbert

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228713
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228713.003.0006
Paterfamilias (1889–1924)

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By the turn of the twentieth century Herbert has become a public figure. He was constantly in the public eye, but much of his home life was private. This chapter points out how some of his most charming and successful music was inspired by sentiments directed at children. Little Nemo was based on a comic strip adventure, The Lady of the Slipper was a modern Cinderella and Alice and the Eight Princesses (Wonderland) and Babes in Toyland were all creations especially close to his heart. In his everyday life this childlike quality was a facet of his personality that surfaced only in the relationship with his children, Ella and Clifford. He loved to play, and he played like a child.

Keywords: Little Nemo; The Lady of the Slipper; Babes in Toyland; Ella Herbert; Clifford Herbert

Chapter.  8094 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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