Barry Millington, a leading expert on Wagner, tackles the issues and controversies surrounding Wagner's life in a new book, "Richard Wagner - The Sorcerer of Bayreuth". Millington is drawing on recent scholarship and presents them in a new light.
It is a mark of how Wagner has entered the popular imagination that his reputation as an incorrigible egoist, a philanderer, an unscrupulous wife-stealer and an anti-Semite has come to define him. Yet this one-dimensional cartoon image of the man masks a more honest and complex portrait.
The US title is "The Sorcerer of Bayreuth: Richard Wagner, his Work and his World"