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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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George Gershwin: Letter to Max Abramson (1918)

George Gershwin: Letter to Max Abramson (1918)

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The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to New York-based newspaper reporter Max Abramson in 1918. This letter was written to tell Abramson about his first tastes of success. Gershwin described his activities and thoughts during this period while on tour with the show Ladies First, just prior to his breakthrough success with the song Swanee. This letter demonstrated the directness of purpose that is among the strengths of Gershwin's letters.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Max Abramson, letters, Ladies First, correspondence, newspaper reporter

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