B0261. GERALDINE FARRAR. Such Sweet Compulsion [Autobiography]. New York, Greystone Press, 1938. 303pp. Index; List of Farrar’s rôles and their first performances; Numerous Photos. First Edition. Magenta lettering on the purple spine and cover. Boldly Autographed and dated by Geraldine Farrar in black fountain pen ink on front endpaper.
“Farrar was not only an international opera star, she made more than 200 recordings and appeared in 14 silent films. The first media diva claimed headlines in newspapers, graced countless covers of magazines, and shared her life story in two autobiographies. During her 16-season reign at the Metropolitan Opera, Farrar commanded higher fees and appeared in more new productions than any other leading soprano. She sang 671 performances of 34 rôles in 29 operas. Before arriving at the Met on the opening night of the 1906 season, Farrar made headlines in Berlin, Monte Carlo, Munich, Stockholm, Salzburg, Paris, and Warsaw. Physical glamour, vocal appeal, and star temperament guaranteed Farrar acclaim few prima donnas have enjoyed”
- Robert Baxter, Program Notes to Marston’s FARRAR