only do no two characters view Grigori Rasputin the same way,
but virtually no two books or historical accounts do either.
While this is a MUSICAL FABLE, in which we made some compromises
with history to tell our story, we did draw significantly from
history. Four out of the many sources available in English
stand out as good reading. The last reference is not generally
available, but also worth mentioning.
Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs
by Colin Wilson, published by the Citadel press. While there are
some historical inaccuracies, this is probably the closest in spirit
to the interpretation of Rasputin in our show.
The Holy Devil by Rene Fulop-Muller,
with a venerable copyright in 1927 and published by the Garden City
Press is the classic book, full of irreconcileable anecdotes, but
more balanced than many accounts.
Rasputin -- the Man Behind the Myth --
by his daughter Maria Rasputin in conjunction with Patte Barham,
published by Warner Books. While this source is belittled by most
historians, it provides nevertheless some interesting (if apocryphal)
perspectives, and was the source of our telephone scene.
The Rasputin File by Edvard
Radzinsky, published by Doubleday -- is the most recent and factually
comprehensive. Most interesting for sorting through Rasputin's sexual
puzzle -- though the author seems to be consumed by the same angst
he decries in trying to lay the myth to rest.
Prince Felix Youssoupovs own narrative in the Sunday Chronicle
(from Manchester, UK), began in May, 1927 -- and set the stage for
the myth of the "evil conjurer" that has become legend
ever since (from the Barrymores to Disney).
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