NON-FICTION,FICTION: Melba

NON-FICTION

Another prima donna has written her memoirs,* and if the manner in which they have been set down is not notably distinctive, they have at least the advantage of having as their subject a personage. Now 67 years old, retired, living in her native Australia, she tells the story of an eventful, glamorous career, beginning with her struggles as Mrs. Nellie Mitchell Armstrong to interest someone in her voice, her study with Marchesi, eccentric old lady who could not tolerate Nellie's one winter dress and would not let her wash her hair...

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