The Complete Lyrics of Oscar
Hammerstetein II edited by Amy Asch (Knopf, $50.00, 422 oversized pages
and 81 photographs)
In these depressed times, in any time, any
contact with the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II cheers one’s
spirits, makes one feel happy to be alive. The contact with the
work of one of the greatest lyricists ever is a sublime
Here in one terrific tome –
“The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstetein II” – are 850
lyrics, a quarter of them previously unpublished. We are there
with a song in our heart with lyrics to “I Whistle a Happy
Tune,” “My Favorite Things,” “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin,”
“Some Enchanted Evening,” “There is Nothing Like A Dame” and
all the others by the musical poet genius.
It is safe to say that some can even sing
Hammerstein lines. Now we have this splendid keepsake for
browsing, for studying, for enjoying.
BOOKENDS: “Somewhere Near the End” by Diana
Athill (W.W. Norton,$24.95, 182 pages) is a slim work that is a
literary gem that muses on old age. A treasure.
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