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Reading Lyrics is a collection of the finest American and British song lyrics written between 1900 and 1975. More than one hundred lyricists are represented: from Irving Berlin and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to the greats of Broadway and Hollywood, including Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein, Yip Harburg, Dorothy Fields, Frank Loesser, Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim.
Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball have assembled an extraordinary volume that is both reference work and history: the lyricists are presented chronologically, and each is introduced with a brief biography and commentary. But Reading Lyrics is even more: a magnificient gathering of lyrics whose power to stir memories of longing and desire, to evoke romance, reflects their poetic excellence. The unforgettable words of these lyrics are proof that this unique art form has become part of the literary and cultural heritage of our time.