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Marc BlitzsteinHis Life, His Work, His World$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.001.0001

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Final Years, I (1959–1961)

Final Years, I (1959–1961)

(p.440) 23 Final Years, I (1959–1961)
Marc Blitzstein

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers Blitzstein’s induction into the National Institute of Arts and Letters; his 1959 trip to Europe; his final critical writings; his plans to write a musical film adaptation of Charlotte’s Web with Mary Rodgers; his final incidental score, to Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic; his decision to write an opera about Sacco and Vanzetti, and the controversy surrounding the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to commission the work with a grant from the Ford Foundation; his second cycle of E. E. Cummings songs, From Marion’s Book; and his sabbatical in Rome in 1960-61 to work on the Sacco and Vanzetti opera.

Keywords:   National Institute of Arts and Letters, Charlotte’s Web, Mary Rodgers, Lillian Hellman, Toys in the Attic, Sacco and Vanzetti, Metropolitan Opera, Ford Foundation, E. E. Cummings, From Marion’s Book

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