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A Ship Without a Sail : The Life of Lorenz Hart


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Blue Moon, The Lady Is a Tramp, My Funny Valentine, My Romance,Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - lyricist Lorenz Hart, together with composer Richard Rodgers, wrote some of the most memorable songs ever created. More than half a century after their collaboration ended, Rodgers & Hart songs are indispensable to the repertoire of nightclub singers everywhere. His lyrics spin with romance, brilliance and sophistication, yet at their core  was also  wit, wistfulness, cynicism, fun and  irony.

Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers wrote approximately thirty Broadway musicals and dozens of songs for Hollywood films, but despite their prodigious collaboration, Rodgers and Hart were an odd couple. Rodgers was precise, punctual, heterosexual, handsome, and eager to be accepted by society. Hart was barely five feet tall, alcoholic, homosexual, and more comfortable in a bar or restaurant than anywhere else. Terrified of solitude, he invariably threw the party and picked up the check. His lyrics are all the more remarkable considering that he never sustained a romantic relationship, living his entire life with his mother, who died only months before he died at age forty-eight.  This is a  revelatory biography of  someone who is so well known and respected, and yet so unknown in terms of his deeply private personal life.    

Paperback, 544 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2012, This Ed. Publ. 2013  

Author: Gary Marmostein

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Gary Marmostein

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