Books by Ethan Mordden

ANYTHING GOES by Ethan Mordden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2013

"Mordden rambles some, as is his habit, but he's a formidably well-informed and bracingly opinionated guide to a quintessentially American art form."
Prolific entertainment historian Mordden (Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 2012, etc.) tracks the musical from its European origins to its current offerings on and off Broadway. Read full book review >
LOVE SONG by Ethan Mordden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"The title cheats a little—it's more about him than her—but this is a lively, baroque account of two very cool cats, these opposites who attracted."
They were some couple: artist and muse, Jewish and Catholic, owlish composer and flighty songbird. She was unfaithful to him, he was only faithful to his music, and neither could live without the other. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Informative, racy and fun, but lacks the heft of a serious historical study."
Sassy celebration of the talented dames and gents who invented equal-opportunity Manhattan sophistication. Read full book review >
ZIEGFELD by Ethan Mordden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"As diverse and diverting as a night at the Follies."
A rich and entertaining biography of Broadway's first auteur. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 3, 2007

"Mordden's keen eye, broad vision, wealth of detail and sparkling style bring to life the American rialto at its peak."
A scintillating take on Broadway drama's finest decades. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL MORNIN' by Ethan Mordden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"            Occasionally abrasive, sometimes overwritten but still an essential book on Broadway."
            Mordden continues his decade-by-decade survey of the Broadway musical by moving backwards from the 1950s (Coming Up Roses, 1998) to the '40s. Read full book review >
COMING UP ROSES by Ethan Mordden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

The story of a pivotal 10 years in American musical theater, limned by one of its most skillful historians. Read full book review >

THE VENICE ADRIANA by Ethan Mordden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

Few events in life are more apt to be lathered in melodrama than those surrounding a diva in decline, but veteran gay writer Mordden (Some Men Are Lookers, 1997, etc.) offers both more and less by coupling opera with the good life in Venice as seen by an innocent young American on the cusp of his sexual awakening. In 1961, Mark Trigger has been sent to Venice by his publisher to assist the tempestuous Adriana Grafanas, renowned as much for her cancellations as for her voice, in writing her autobiography. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 1997

A fourth volume of 11 linked stories from the prolific author of the Buddies trilogy (Everybody Loves You, 1988, etc.), about urban gay men obsessed with friendship, food, the arts, sex, and growing old. For the 20 recurring characters, the advent of AIDS has parsed life into segments: Before, Very Before, and After. Read full book review >

HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? by Ethan Mordden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1995

A seasoned author of gay writing, both fiction and nonfiction (the anthology Waves, 1994; the Buddies trilogy, etc.), returns, this time with a vast and emphatically sweeping saga of queer life since 1949. Beginning in the heady Hollywood years following WW II and concluding with the AIDS-scourged 90's, Mordden chronicles the lives of 15 members of an emerging gay and lesbian postwar community. Read full book review >

WAVES by Ethan Mordden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 1994

The author of several gay-themed stories and novels (Everybody Loves You, 1988, etc.), Mordden collects work by 14 writers, ranging from the highly acclaimed Michael Cunningham (``White Angel'') to the previously unpublished Richard Davis (``Marty''). The editor sets the stage with an excellent overview of gay fiction, from ``the first wave of Stonewall lit''—daring, albeit slightly precious—in the 1970s through the second wave that arrived in the mid-1980s and emphasized ``exploring the family- and-friends background.'' Most stories here are ``third wave'' in nature: ``political, archetypal, experimental.'' These writers, Mordden contends, are more activist and more stylistically inventive. Read full book review >