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Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World by [David Lehman]

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“He will hold your interest with his smart and passionate views. The book is the literary equivalent of a late-night session among Sinatra devotees sharing their favorite recordings over drinks, calling attention to the finer nuances of beloved tracks. Even an old Sinatra fan like me learned new things from Lehman.” -- Ted Gioia, BookForum

“Selective, idiosyncratic and short. Some of the observations are familiar, but the best make fresh comparisons and connections. And Lehman is strong on the way Sinatra’s music continues to wend its way through the culture.” --
Ben Yagoda, New York Times Book Review

“David Lehman gives us a more nuanced study ―
Sinatra’s Century. The book hits all the highlights –and dim days– of Sinatra’s career, starting with his days as a big-band singer who blossomed into an idol for teenage girls. Let this book cast its spell.” -- Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Lehman, an established poet, widens the frame of reference, thereby expanding the emotional resonance of the songs…Lehman tells us what those facts mean.” --
Sibbie O'Sullivan, Washington Post

“Like Wallace Stevens’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,”
Sinatra’s Century offers multiple views of a subject that fascinates its author. His accomplishment is in not just telling Sinatra’s story, but in describing the man’s effect on all of us, then and now.” -- Tom Toce, Los Angeles Review of Books

“I would particularly recommend
Sinatra’s Century, a wonderful new book by the poet, editor, and essayist David Lehman. The book is at once short, fun to dip in and out of, full of quirky yet thoughtful lists of best albums and songs, with a poet’s appreciation of Sinatra’s craft.” -- Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV

“Mr. Lehman holds the reader by ferreting out of the voluminous files lots of choice quotes and anecdotes that reanimate Sinatra’s gamy lost world.” --
Wall Street Journal

“Threaded through David Lehman’s 100 notes are captivating observations, histories, insights and reflections likely to serve as interesting dinner party conversations.” --
Beverly Hills Courrier

“A poet and critic by trade, Lehman has composed a paean that devotes as much space to Sinatra’s personality as to his singing…Well-written and unfailingly pleasing to read.” -- Commentary
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About the Author

David Lehman is the founder and longtime editor of the Best American Poetry series and the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and cultural criticism, including A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, which won ASCAP'S Deems Taylor Award; The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets; and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul De Man. A core faculty member of the graduate writing program at the New School, he lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00TE98C44
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper; Reprint edition (October 27, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 27, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2537 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0061780073
  • Customer Reviews:
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