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A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs Hardcover – Oct 6 2009


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; 1 edition (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805242503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805242508
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.7 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #995,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Digressive, nostalgic and deeply moving, Lehman achieves a fine, lasting tribute to the American songbook."
—Publishers Weekly

"David Lehman's A Fine Romance wittily explores the enormous contribution of Jewish writers and composers to the American musical scene. Lehman finds Jewish influence, or what he calls 'a plaintive undertow,' even in such unlikely upbeat anthems as Gershwin's 'Love Walked In.' His love-struck history is itself a major entertainment." 
John Ashbery, author of Three Poems

"David Lehman's A Fine Romance is a spirited account and reminiscence of a time when Jewish plaintiveness and wit combined with Negro blues to give our American culture its way of singing. Everyone who hums the great old tunes will delight in this book and its wondrous lore."
Richard Wilbur, author of Things of This World

"With brio and encyclopedic knowledge, David Lehman has penned a lovely valentine to the American songbook. Along the way, hard questions are asked, contradictions confronted and shrewd insights offered. The result is pure delight."
Phillip Lopate, author of Two Marriages

"A wonderfully compelling and poetic analysis that re-envisions the American songbook."
Craig Morgan Teicher, Publisher's Weekly

“What a lovely book this is . . . Lehman is a fine writer, in full command of his subject.” 
—writerscast.com

A Fine Romance is thoroughly enjoyable, right down to the short, witty, and informative chronology at the end of the book. Whether one is familiar with this music and wants to rekindle its romance, or unfamiliar and wants to ignite such a passion, this book is just the ticket.” 
Rain Taxi Review of Books

“Though there’s lots of learning here, there’s no heavy-handedness: this is a chrestomathy of loved tunes and musical moments, evoked casually, but with wide authority and tact . . . song is for pleasure after all, if I can quote some non-Jewish jazz royalty in Duke Ellington, ‘it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.’ Lehman has that swing.”
—Tikkun

About the Author

DAVID LEHMAN is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, and the author of seven books of poems, most recently When a Woman Loves a Man. He lives in New York City.

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