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The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstetein II  edited by Amy Asch (Knopf, $50.00, 422 oversized pages and 81 photographs)

Book Review

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 experience.

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in one terrific tome – “The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstetein II” – are 850 lyrics, a quarter of them previously unpublished.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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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

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