JEROME KERN by David Ewen


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For the student of musical comedy, this is a biographical review of the works and life of Jerome Kern which marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the composer's birth. Singularly dry in style, this text notes the basic events of Kern's life--his birth, marriage, musical rise--and mentions his predominant personality traits. The bulk of the book consists of a summation of data regarding more than fifty of Kern's works. David Ewen, who has written a biography of Gershwin, the Complete Book of American Musical Theater, etc., takes the approach of the research-biographer rather than the literary observer, and this particular study suggests itself more as a selection for an encyclopedia than as a contribution to the field of general non-fiction.

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 1959
Publisher: Holt