Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. THe German composer Richard Wagner was a controversial figure during his lifetime, and has continued to be so after his death.EVen today he is associated in the minds of many with Nazism and his operas are thought to extol the virtues of Aryan supermen. THe writer and Wagner scholar Bryan Magee has written:"I sometimes think there are two Wagners in our culture, almost unrecognizably different from one another: the Wagner possessed by those who know his work, and the Wagner imagined by those who know him only by name and reputation."Most of these perceptions arise from Wagner''s published opinions on a number of topics. WAgner was a voluminous writer and published essays and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects throughout his life. (Many of Wagner''s writings are available online in English translations at The Wagner Library.) While his music-dramas have an immediate appeal, Wagner''s writing style is verbose, unclear and turgid, which has greatly added to the confusion about his opinions.