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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307946843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307946843
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A great read, magnificently reported and full of insights.” —USA Today

“An indispensable book.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Intriguing. . . . An evenhanded portrait of a sensitive but essentially solitary man.” —The New York Times
 
“Memorable. . . . Secrest’s biography of Sondheim brilliantly captures the uncertainties of a life in the theater.” —People 
 
“Even walking Sondheim encyclopedias will find news here. Secrest spent hours interviewing Sondheim, and he talked with unprecedented candor about his homosexuality, his unhappy childhood and his ‘snappish intolerance’ of others.” —Newsweek
 
“Admirable. . . . [Secrest] is clearly a tireless researcher and marathon interviewer. . . . Those with and those without a special interest in the musical theater are kept happy.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Impressively researched, eminently readable. . . . [Secrest] does a remarkable job of integrating the life and the work. The result is a portrait of a brilliant, deeply sensitive man.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Definitive. . . . Secrest has connected Sondheim the human being with Sondheim the genius.” —Houston Chronicle
 
“Fascinating. . . . Secrest’s book on Sondheim is so fascinating that anyone can enjoy it.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“A must-read for anyone interested in the musical theater. . . . In Stephen Sondheim: A Life, Meryle Secrest sheds some light on the complex sensibility that grew out of a golden yet emotionally ragged childhood.” —New York
 
“What distinguishes Secrest’s work is her access to the very private, vulnerable and sometimes quite prickly composer himself, and through that, the first detailed study of his complex personal life.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“Meticulously researched. . . . A bonanza.” —The Denver Post
 
“Superb. . . . Garners our trust, seducing us into a delicious and uncommonly erudite show-biz read.” —Newsday
 
“A portrait of a complicated, contradictory and compelling artist. . . . Secrest does much to illuminate some of the darker corners of Sondheim’s life, as well as to describe his long years in the spotlight.” —The Miami Herald

About the Author

Meryle Secrest was born and educated in Bath, England, and lives in Washington, D.C. She is the author of ten biographies and is the recipient of the 2006 National Humanities Medal.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beezer on November 7, 2011
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I would have liked to know this was a reissue. However, having missed it the first time around, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not gossipy, but intimate and thorough about his early life and work. A "must read" for any Sondheim fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Thomson on November 19, 2012
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enjoyed all the background information in the beginning of the book that was about his childhood ad how he was molded into who he is today. The end wasn't as good because it became an overview of the shows he had written rather than about his life, but the first half to two-thirds was excellent coverage of him growing up and seeing where he found success and challenge.
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By L. Katz on January 15, 2014
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It was thought lost and they delivered
I thought it gone and they persevered
They foundeth it a replacement and had it on the launching pad at the ready
They overcame the inadequacies of the mails
they restoreth my confidence.
They did good
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I have read the biographies by Secrest of Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein, and Secrest's portrait of Stephen Sondheim is a MUST for any serious student of American Musical Theatre. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alvin M. Chanin on September 15, 2013
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Sondheim really changed theatre. He was a man who was not afraid of failing -- not having smash hits -- which he did very often. This book is about his life and work, not about who he !@#$-ed and how he #$%^-ed him. I found it very interesting as I think anyone would who enjoys his work.
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