Elgar is widely considered the greatest of all English composers. His symphonies, concertos, oratorios and the famous "Enigma Variations" are all expressions of an outstanding musical talent. Yet the man himself and the life he led are a paradox. Although he never possessed great wealth, he was among the most successful figures of the Edwardian era. At the same time, he was deeply private and very often most unhappy man. In this sympathetic biography, Simon Mundy sets out ot solve the paradox. With great sensitivity and perception, he illuminates the man himself, the world he inhabited and - above all - the endearing music he composed. The text is lavishly illustrated with photographs of Elgar and his circle, together with photographs of places associated with him.