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Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist

Philip Furia


In this book, the older and less flamboyant of the Gershwin brothers at last steps out of the shadows to claim his due as one of American songwriting's most important and enduring innovators. The book traces the development of Ira Gershwin's lyrical art from his early love of light verse and Gilbert and Sullivan, through his apprentice work in Tin Pan Alley, to his emergence as a prominent writer during the golden era of Broadway and Hollywood musicals. This book reveals how Gershwin took the everyday speech of ordinary Americans and made it sing.

Keywords: Ira Gershwin, Gershwin brother, light verse, Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway, Hollywood, America, song

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195115703
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Furia, author
University of Minnesota