George Gershwin: A New Biography

Front Cover
Praeger, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
0 Reviews
In this book William Hyland's reexamines Gershwin's personality and music. He illustrates how the composer's craftsmanship was criticized and his music was relegated to the status of "lowbrow" for decades, until the relatively recent appreciation of his achievements. Yet for all of his artistic brilliance, Gershwin was vulnerable and discontented in his personal life. Hyland reveals both the man and his creations, explaining how Gershwin became the first composer to apply popular music to classical forms, how his work reflected the turmoil of America in the Jazz Age, and how, despite his fame, he never achieved a state of happiness and contentment.

What people are saying - Write a review

George Gershwin: a new biography

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Previously, Gershwin biographers have been either hagiographic (e.g., David Ewen's Journey to Greatness: The Life and Music of George Gershwin) or unflattering (e.g., Joan Peyser's The Memory of ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

WILLIAM G. HYLAND served a long career with the United States Government--at the White House, the State Department, and the NSC--and for ten years was the editor of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. He is the author of many works on international politics, as well as The Song Is Ended: Songwriters and American Music, 1900-1950 and Richard Rodgers.

Bibliographic information