A Ship Without A Sail
The Life of Lorenz HartBook - 2012 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Larry Hart and Richard Rodgers both attended Columbia University, though neither left with a degree. Together they wrote approximately thirty Broadway musicals and dozens of songs for Hollywood films. At least four of their musicals-- On Your Toes; Babes in Arms; The Boys from Syracuse ; and Pal Joey --became classics. Rodgers and Hart were an odd couple. Rodgers was precise, punctual, heterosexual, handsome, and eager to be accepted by society. Hart was barely five feet tall, alcoholic, homosexual, and more comfortable in a bar or restaurant than anywhere else. Terrified of solitude, he invariably picked up the check or threw the party. His lyrics are all the more remarkable considering that he never sustained a romantic relationship, living his entire life with his mother, who died only months before his own death at age forty-eight.
Marmorstein's fascinating biography includes many of the lyrics that define Hart's legacy--those clever, touching stanzas that still move us or make us laugh. A Ship Without a Sail superbly portrays the life of this exuberant yet troubled artist whose gift so enriched American popular song.