Mozart’s Wife

By Juliet Waldron
Read by C. M. Hébert

14.65 Hours 02/01/2003 unabridged
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Giddy sugarplum? Calculating shrew? Mozart's biographers show disdain for his Konstanze, and she aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-laws loathed her; his friends, more than forty years after his death, remained eager to gossip about her “failures” as wife to the world’s first superstar. Maturing from child, to wife, to hardheaded widow, Konstanze paid her husband’s debts, provided for their children, and relentlessly marketed and mythologized her brilliant husband. Mozart’s letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Yet the question remains: Why did she never mark his grave?

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Summary

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Giddy sugarplum? Calculating shrew? Mozart's biographers show disdain for his Konstanze, and she aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-laws loathed her; his friends, more than forty years after his death, remained eager to gossip about her “failures” as wife to the world’s first superstar. Maturing from child, to wife, to hardheaded widow, Konstanze paid her husband’s debts, provided for their children, and relentlessly marketed and mythologized her brilliant husband. Mozart’s letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Yet the question remains: Why did she never mark his grave?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[C. M. Hébert’s] narration bridges this novel, which crosses historical fiction and romance…[Hébert] presents distinct and nuanced characters who avoid playing to the soap opera quality of the events in Mozart's life.” AudioFile
“[A] fascinating work of historical fiction, an entertaining and sometimes erotic look at a remarkable woman who earned the lifelong love of one of history’s most remarkable men.”  BookPage
“Juliet Waldron brings Konstanze and her wayward genius of a spouse to vivid life. She avoids the pitfall of the biographical novelist by refusing to make either of them the villain, and her insights into character are extraordinary.” Liz Burton, The Blue Iris Journal
“Absorbing and well-written. Konstanze is the narrator here, and her voice is a refreshing one: informal, earthy without becoming coarse, candid, unself-pitying, and wry.” Susan Higgenbotham, author of The Stolen Crown
“There are no devils here. There are no angels either. There are only real, flesh and blood people. If you want an entertaining trip to discover Mozart, the man behind the music, your journey ends here.” Lloyd Lofthouse, author of My Splendid Concubine

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Author Bio: Juliet Waldron

Juliet Waldron nourished a fascination with the past from earliest childhood, perhaps from growing up in a haunted 1790’s house. Mozart’s Wife won the independent Ebook award for best fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 14.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English