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Episode 65: “Getting To Know Him”: The Letters Of Oscar Hammerstein II

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My guest on this episode is Mark Eden Horowitz who joins me to talk about his fascinating new book, The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II.

Mark is Senior Music Specialist in the music division of the Library of Congress where he has been an archivist or co-archivist for the papers of Jerome Kern, Vernon Duke, Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

He is also the author of the award-winning book Sondheim On Music, and for ten years he served as the contributing editor for The Sondheim Review.

This latest book contains hundreds of previously unpublished letters to and from Hammerstein that Mark compiled and edited. And through these letters we get to go inside the mind of Oscar Hammerstein and get an extraordinary, never before seen view of both his professional and personal life. It’s one of those books where you can turn to any page and find something fascinating that you never knew before.

Mark will also be joining me for a special Broadway Nation Livestream event on Friday, May 19, at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT. The event will include trivia contests, book give-aways, and the chance to ask Mark any question you may have about his new book, Oscar Hammerstein, or Mark’s work at the Library of Congress. We will be streaming live on Broadway Nation‘s and the Broadway Podcast Network’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. And if you are not able to join us live we will be posting a recording of the event on our YouTube channels.

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