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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 Death and Legacy of a Renaissance Man

The Death and Legacy of a Renaissance Man

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The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This final chapter discusses Latouche’s sudden death at age forty-one of a heart attack, and the suspicions of foul play surrounding his death. This chapter includes an overview of tributes made at the time of his death, including Carson McCullers’s eulogy, and considers the fate of his effects. Some consideration is given to the general reception of his work, both among musicians and academics, as well as to his legacy with regard to musical theater.

Keywords:   Latouche’s death, Latouche’s legacy, musical theater, Carson McCullers, Taking Chance Love, Richard Rodney Bennett

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