Books: Black Ship to Glyndebourne

MOZART THE DRAMATIST by Brigid Brophy. 328 pages. Harcourf, Brace & World. $5.95.

The British intelligentsia's newest high priestess is Brigid Brophy, and it is easy to see why. She picks only top-chop idols, and her devotional fires resemble a Bessemer converter. Brophy's incisive critical essays have revealed her pantheon: Freud, Shakespeare, Mozart and Jane Austen. To Great God Freud she has already devoted a book, Black Ship to Hell; now the 18th century composer gets his. In Mozart, her scholarship is firm, and the writing is good Brophy, but it is sheer gusto and freshness of thought that make the book...

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