In this Book

Yip Harburg
summary
Known as "Broadway's social conscience," E. Y. Harburg (1896-1981) wrote the lyrics to the standards, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "April in Paris," and "It's Only a Paper Moon," as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow." Harburg always included a strong social and political component to his work, fighting racism, poverty, and war. Interweaving close to fifty interviews (most of them previously unpublished), over forty lyrics, and a number of Harburg's poems, Harriet Hyman Alonso enables Harburg to talk about his life and work. He tells of his early childhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, his public school education, how the Great Depression opened the way to writing lyrics, and his work on Broadway and Hollywood, including his blacklisting during the McCarthy era. Finally, but most importantly, Harburg shares his commitment to human rights and the ways it affected his writing and his career path. Includes an appendix with Harburg's key musicals, songs, and films.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Note to the Reader
  2. pp. xv-xv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. What’s in a Name?
  2. pp. 1-2
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Early Years
  2. pp. 3-22
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  2. pp. 23-34
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. A Pause for Jay Gorney
  2. pp. 35-39
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Yip’s Path to Show Business Success
  2. pp. 40-67
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. A Pause for Vernon Duke
  2. pp. 68-70
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. From Hollywood to Oz and Back
  2. pp. 71-101
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. A Pause for Harold Arlen
  2. pp. 102-107
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Human Rights Activism Takes Center Stage
  2. pp. 108-136
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. A Pause for Agnes de Mille
  2. pp. 137-141
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Yip’s Case Study of Finian’s Rainbow
  2. pp. 142-184
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12. A Pause for Burton Lane
  2. pp. 185-188
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13. Anger, Frustration, and Persistence During the McCarthy Years
  2. pp. 189-229
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 14 A Pause for Friendship During Hard Times
  2. pp. 230-234
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 15. The New Old Yip
  2. pp. 235-251
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 253-254
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix: Musicals, Films, and Songs
  2. pp. 255-257
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-275
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-284
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Lyric Credits
  2. pp. 285-293
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-305
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.