Ira Gershwin: Selected Lyrics: (american Poets Project #29)

byIra GershwinIntroduction byRobert Kimball

September 17, 2009|
Ira Gershwin: Selected Lyrics: (american Poets Project #29) by Ira Gershwin
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A keepsake edition gathering the lyrics of more than 80 of Gershwin’s most popular songs

Ira Gershwin once remarked that he always tried to “capture the way people spoke to each other—their slang, their clichés, the catch phrases.” Few people in ordinary life, of course, can muster the humor, vivacity, and emotional directness that Gershwin brought to his lyrics. His collaboration with his brother George—one of the summits of American popular music—produced masterpieces that reflect, perhaps, the way people would like to talk. “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “’S Wonderful”: these have entered the culture and become part of our common language. The insouciant, improvisational air of his lyrics belies the meticulous craftsmanship that Ira brought to every syllable. Robert Kimball has gathered more than 80 examples of Ira Gershwin at his best: the comic invention of songs such as “They All Laughed” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” the poignancy of “The Man I Love,” the wry edge of “The Saga of Jenny,” the sheer exuberance of “Fascinating Rhythm,” and dozens more.

About the American Poets Project
Elegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today’s most discerning poets and critics.
Robert Kimball is a historian of the American musical theater whose books include The Gershwins (with Alfred Simon), Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake (with William Bolcom), Reading Lyrics (with Robert Gottlieb), and volumes devoted to the complete lyrics of Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, a...
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Title:Ira Gershwin: Selected Lyrics: (american Poets Project #29)Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:200 pages, 7.8 X 4.7 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:200 pages, 7.8 X 4.7 X 0.6 inPublished:September 17, 2009Publisher:Library of AmericaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1598530526

ISBN - 13:9781598530520

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