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George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life) Hardcover – July 21, 2009
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"Compact in length and voluminous in its details, Walter Rimler's study of Gershwin is freighted with melancholy—an appropriate parallel with Gershwin's own life."--TLS
"Rimler shines in weaving together anecdotes, correspondence and a wealth of interviews with the composer and his contemporaries to create a vibrant, flesh-and-blood picture of the man and his music in a readable and enjoyable book."--Jerusalem Post
"An engrossing, well-written look at Gershwin, the composer and the man, with emphasis on the man."--Choice
"Engagingly written, lavishly illustrated. . . . With this volume, we get a focused portrait of George Gershwin, a genius plagued by self-doubt and a wandering eye."Opera News
Top Customer Reviews
Gershwin was a fascinating, if not tragic giant in the American musical fabric. Yet he didn't seem to understand the viability of his contribution. Sad.
However, he lead an exciting and productive life with enormous financial rewards. I wish I could've known him.
Unfortunately, Rimler lacks the requisite authority of a reliable biographer. Citations are absent for many of his more arresting details, and worse, the book is riddled with what appears to be pure speculation. Still, it's a good read.