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Oscar Hammerstein II and the invention of the musical  Cover Image Book Book

Oscar Hammerstein II and the invention of the musical / Laurie Winer.

Winer, Laurie, (author.).

Summary:
"A new look at artist Oscar Hammerstein II as a pivotal and underestimated force in the creation of modern American culture. You know his work--Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I. But you don't really know Oscar Hammerstein II, the man who, more than anyone else, invented the American musical. Among the most commercially successful artists of his time, he was a fighter for social justice who constantly prodded his audiences to be better than they were. Diving deep into Hammerstein's life, examining his papers and his lyrics, critic Laurie Winer shows how he orchestrated a collective reimagining of America, urging it forward with a subtly progressive vision of the relationship between country and city, rich and poor, America and the rest of the world. His rejection of bitterness, his openness to strangers, and his optimistic humor shaped not only the musical but the American dream itself. His vision can continue to be a touchstone to this day."--Dust jacket.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780300223798
  • ISBN: 030022379X
  • Physical Description: x, 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New Haven ; Yale University Press, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-345) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: an unfashionable take on an unfashionable man -- A good boy -- Free for all -- The invention of the musical -- Dark decade -- Thus the world broke open -- The namesake -- Don't be afraid of the dark -- They toil not -- You've got to be taught -- Women's work -- Cinderella and other myths -- No good deed -- A kind of profundity.
Subject: Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960.
Librettists > United States > Biography.
Musicals > United States > 20th century > History and criticism.
Musical films > United States > 20th century > History and criticism.
Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960
Librettists > United States > Biography
Musicals > United States > 20th century > History and criticism
Musical films > United States > 20th century > History and criticism.
Genre: Biography.
Biographies.

Available copies

  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.

Holds

  • 2 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library B HAMMERSTEIN (Text) 33062009769820 New Adult Biography Checked Out 10/03/2023


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