George Gershwin: A New Biography

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Praeger, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
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Hyland reveals both the man and his creations, revealing how Gershwin became the first composer to apply popular music to classical forms, how his work reflected the turmoil of America in the Jazz Age, and how, despite his fame, he never achieved the happiness and contentment a genius of his stature deserved. This is a fascinating new biography that no Gershwin fan--and no music fan--should be without.

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Previously, Gershwin biographers have been either hagiographic (e.g., David Ewen's Journey to Greatness: The Life and Music of George Gershwin) or unflattering (e.g., Joan Peyser's The Memory of ... Read full review

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WILLIAM G. HYLAND served a long career with the United States Government--at the White House, the State Department, and the NSC--and for ten years was the editor of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. He is the author of many works on international politics, as well as The Song Is Ended: Songwriters and American Music, 1900-1950 and Richard Rodgers.

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