Irving Berlin: A Daughter's Memoir

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Limelight Editions, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
(Limelight). In this book, Irving Berlin comes to life as a father, a husband and a friend as well as the most enduring and beloved songwriter of this century. We see his good times and his bad, his public life and his private one. Mary Ellin Barrett, Berlin's oldest daughter and the author of three previous books, puts her father's work into perspective and reveals the truth behind certain darker and more mysterious elements of the Irving Berlin no other biographer has understood. "The bulk of the memoir concentrates on the half-century of triumphs that began with Alexander's Ragtime Band and included White Christmas, God Bless America, and There's No Business Like Show Business. Touching, wise, gracefully written." The New York Times

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A truly wonderful book – Barrett’s descriptions of the homes and times of New York and Hollywood in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are a time traveling experience. Her descriptions are so precise that you ... Read full review

IRVING BERLIN: A Daughter's Memoir

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Life with father, glossing over the bad times and trumpeting the good. Although billed as a memoir of her father, this is really Barrett's story, a recreation of a protected world of family, and ... Read full review



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