All the Way: A Biography of Frank Sinatra 1915-1998 by Michael Freedland

By Michael Freedland

From his tough beginnings to his early luck as a crooner worshipped through bobby-soxers, Freedland's biography follows Sinatra's fall as a singer out of fashion and an actor categorised box-office poison, to his triumph as Oscar winner and leisure legend.

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Victoria & Albert Museum, London. They were free to be rich if they could; but the great mass of them could not, and remained in extreme poverty, in spite or rather because of the riches of the few. Thus the national well- 20. Wandle, 1884. being promised did not come about, although great fortunes were made; and the moral well Indigo-discharged and block-printed cotton, being also failed to equal expectations. Indeed there was an inconsistency between the 165 x 92 cm. morality of the individual and the morality of society that was bad for both.

There were wonderful evenings after their work, Rossetti still predominating; and among the undergraduates who visited them was the poet Algernon Swinburne of Balliol. Val Prinsep told of his first dinner with Rossetti, where he was introduced to Morris who spoke little. ” Morris refused at first, but Rossetti insisted; and, says Prinsep: “The effect produced on my mind was so strong that to this day, forty years after, I can still recall the scene. Rossetti on the sofa, with large melancholy eyes fixed on Morris, the poet at the table reading and ever fidgeting with his watch-chain, and Burne-Jones working at a pen-and-ink drawing: ‘Gold on her hair and gold on her feet, And gold where the hems of her kirtle meet, And a golden girdle round my sweet, Ah !

For the production), Rossetti. For Rossetti art was always in a frame and made more intense by its very The Orchard or The Seasons, c. 1863. isolation. It was something into which you escaped from life; but Morris rather wanted Tapestry woven wool, silk and mohair to turn all life into art and enjoyed the triumph of art most when it glorified things of on a cotton warp, 221 x 472 cm. use. For him, though he soon gave up the purpose of being an architect, the great art Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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