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The Ballad of John LatoucheAn American Lyricist's Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001

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The Young Writer

The Young Writer

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The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Latouche’s early education. This includes his early artistic interests, and his years at John Marshall High School, during which time he wrote extensively for the school newspaper and acted in school plays. During these early years, he also partook in community theater in Richmond, making a name for himself as an actor. After graduating high school, he attended the Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx, where he pursued similar activities. Entering Columbia University on scholarship, he distinguished himself as a critic and poet, winning several prestigious awards. But after the success of his columbia Varsity Show, Flair-Flair, for which he wrote the book and lyrics and even some of the music, he dropped out of Columbia to pursue a career on Broadway.

Keywords:   Latouche’s early education, Marshall High School, Riverdale Country Day, Columbia University, Columbia Varsity Show, Columbia Record, Philolexian Society, Flair-Flair

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