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Editor's preface; Entries A-Z; Appendix 1. Wagner family tree; Appendix 2. Wagner chronology; Appendix 3. Wagner's addresses; Appendix 4. Leitmotifs in Der Ring des Nibelungen; Appendix 5. List of prose works; Appendix 6. List of musical works; Appendix 7. Selected sound recordings; Appendix 8. Selected video recordings; Appendix 9. Documentaries and films; Appendix 10. Stage productions; Appendix 11. Websites; Appendix 12. Museums and archives.

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As the only encyclopedia of Richard Wagner available, this comprehensive reference work is an essential resource for enthusiasts and academics.

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Nicholas Vazsonyi is Jesse Chapman Alcorn Memorial Professor of Foreign Languages and Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina. His first book, Lukacs Reads Goethe (1997), was followed by two edited volumes, one on German national identity formation between 1750 and 1871 (2000) and the other entitled Wagner's Meistersinger: Performance, History, Representation (2003). Another of his books, Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand (2010, 2012), appeared in German translation as Richard Wagner: Entstehung einer Marke (2012). He is co-organizer with Anno Mungen (University of Bayreuth) of the WagnerWorldWide 2013 project, a series of linked lectures and conferences around the world, to be capped by an edited volume. In 2013, he joined the editorial team of the German journal wagnerspectrum.


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