George Gershwin

An Intimate Biography (2009)
George Gershwin: An Intimate Biography (2009)

When informed that George Gershwin had died, the novelist John O’Hara wrote, “I don’t have to believe it if I don’t want to.” Gershwin was only 38 at the time of his death, and had been widely seen as the future of American music. Composing since he was a teenager, Gershwin had created symphonic works such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” the majestic opera “Porgy and Bess,” and a series of hit Broadway and Hollywood scores that included such enduring songs as “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “S’Wonderful,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Gershwin packed an enormous amount into a short life, which is well told in this brief biography.

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