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A ship without a sail : the life of Lorenz Hart / Gary Marmorstein.


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Marmorstein, Gary.
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1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. - New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
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  • x, 531 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Title Variation:
Life of Lorenz Hart
Includes bibliographical references (p. [483]-496), discography (p. [497]-501), and index.
  • Prologue: I'm a sentimental sap, that's all
  • Harlem to Camelot. Life is more delectable when it's disrespectable ; I read my Plato ; The rhyme is hard to find, my dears ; I'll go to hell for ya ; We'll go to Greenwich where modern men itch ; You mustn't conceal anything you feel ; It's so good it must be immoral
  • To London and Los Angeles. A house in Iceland was my heart's domain ; You've cooked my goose ; My head is just a hat place ; I try to hide in vain ; I'm not afraid of my own creation ; I am too drunk with beauty ; I heard somebody whisper, "please adore me" ; The world was younger than I
  • Mount Olympus to Mount Zion. Unrequited love's a bore ; Is your figure less than Greek? ; All at once I owned the earth and sky ; Caring too much is such a juvenile fancy ; And now I know I was naïve ; To write I used to think was wasting ink ; Wait till you feel the warmth of her glance ; Nobody writes his songs to me ; And yet I was untrue to none of them.
Lorenz Hart, together with Richard Rodgers, created some of the most beautiful and witty songs ever written. Here is the story of the strikingly unromantic life of this songwriting genius. His lyrics spin with brilliance and sophistication, yet at their core is an unmistakable wistfulness. Rodgers and Hart, who wrote approximately thirty Broadway musicals and dozens of songs for Hollywood films, 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. 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 his own death at 48. Biographer Marmorstein superbly portrays the life of this exuberant yet troubled artist.-- From publisher description.

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