JOURNEYING BOY
The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten, 1928-1938

BENJAMIN BRITTEN and JOHN EVANS
608pp ILLUS 2010 OUT OF PRINT (P) B811

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Best remembered for his operas and his War Requiem, Benjamin Britten's radical politics and his sexuality have also ensured that he remains a controversial public figure. Encompassing the years 1928-1938, this selection of his diaries explores some key periods of Britten's life – his early compositions, his education under composer Frank Bridge and then at the Royal College of Music, an unhappy but productive period studying under John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and his reluctant and often painful process of parting from the warm, safe environment of his family home and his beloved mother.