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A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life: A Portrait by His Daughter Paperback – September 1, 2000
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However, there was a very bright side to Frank Loesser, and the book focuses primarily on this side of his life. His astounding command of the language in his lyrics and his entertaining personal letters highlight the brilliant talents that made him the household name he is.
Of particular note are the details surrounding his vision of such shows as Guys and Dolls, and his various friendships (with people such as John Steinbeck) and his conflicts (his disagreements with Frank Sinatra were entertaining to read). It's also fun to hear the fascinating personal anecdotes shared by Susan Loesser.
Early on, I found myself bored with the details of the Loesser family, but soon warmed up to the book, enjoying it greatly. Frank gave us some wonderful lyrics and music, and despite his personal shortcomings, his story is, as the title says, remarkable.
Not much except perhaps passion.
I picked up A Most Remarkable Fella because I'm drafting a book about my father, and I wanted to see if I could steal a few writing tricks. However, before I could focus on Susan's writing style, she'd swept me up into the portrait she created of her father.
It's a lively portrait, studded with lyrics from Frank's many songs, including his classic Guys and Dolls with its familiar tune, "Luck Be a Lady Tonight."
Susan captured Frank's astonishing gift of language. As I writer, I felt stunned by his apparent ease of composition, how rhymed and scanned language seemed to pour out of his mind, how he easily he invented lyrics and tunes like "Baby, It's Cold Outside" or "Heart and Soul."
Susan also catches her father's personality, his passion for partying, his sense of humor, and the nasty bite of his angry words. We quickly learn what a high-energy man Frank was - and how swift his temper.
And I did pick up a few writing tips from Susan as I watched the way she skillfully splices her own life into his: her difficult childhood, her mother's alcoholism, her parents' divorce.
At last, though, we get to the end of the book, the part I always despise about biographies, where the person predictably dies. As I dropped A Most Remarkable Fella to the floor beside other finished volumes, I felt chagrin at the shortness of human life, even lives as remarkable as Frank's.
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"A Most Remarkable Fella," is a truly enjoyable biography. Some biographies can feel dry, boring, and slow--not the case with this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would love to get back in touch with the author Susan Loesser! Any suggestions? Wonderful book & memories. ♡ MissyPublished 16 months ago by melissa ellen Downey
Has there ever been a better songwriter than Frank Loesser?
Think of it this way: the same guy who wrote "Once in Love with Amy" wrote "Baby, It's Cold Outside," not to... Read more
Bio of composer Frank Loesser by his daughter is well written with plenty of interviews by those who worked and knew Loesser as well as the personal reminiscences of the author. Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by CJS
If you love Loesser's work (like me) and want to know about the the man behind the great work, this is a good book to read. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Taurian
...well told. Susan Loesser wrote this portrait of her father, Frank Loesser, because she stated that a definitive biography had not been written about him. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Jane Pensive
I, of course, have a copy of Susan's book detailing the life of Frank Loesser who happened to be my uncle. Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by Brynn S.