Midway in My Song: The Autobiography of Lotte Lehmann

Midway in My Song: The Autobiography of Lotte Lehmann

Midway in My Song: The Autobiography of Lotte Lehmann

Midway in My Song: The Autobiography of Lotte Lehmann

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Perhaps it is too early to write my memoirs. Perhaps one shouldn't write memoirs before one is ready to forsake the "well-trod stage" that represents the world. But my life has been such a rich one. If you walk through the world with open eyes, and especially if that world is such a one as my world, a world where fascinating travel, and the meeting of interesting people are an almost daily occurrence--you cannot help but get an overflowing stream of impressions and emotions.

This stream of my impressions has formed itself into my book. But just because the stream is so full I find it difficult to mark its borders and keep the flow orderly. Is it possible to interpret fully in one little book a whole lifetime of wonderful and miraculous experiences? Will not a vital emotion--an incident which, when it happened, made you tremble--be missing?

I have tried honestly to be honest. I have tried to relate my life from the cool heights of objectivity. But I must confess that there are many things that I have put away in the storehouse of my thoughts because I feel that they are meant only for me, not for the critical world at large. Those are not facts or happenings. They are insubstantial, almost unreal things that one can only say in verse. Only poetry could be the right expression for them.

There are also many names I have not mentioned. I have not described, for instance, the time I spent in America as . . .

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