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The Complete Lyrics of P. G. Wodehouse - Barry Day

The Complete Lyrics of P. G. Wodehouse

By: Barry Day

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Although he wrote hundreds of songs and was a key figure in the birth of the American stage musical, P. G. Wodehouse's (1881-1975) long and influential career as a lyricist has been almost completely forgotten and unheralded-until now. This book sets the lyrics from his nearly forty theatrical productions within the context of each individual show, providing incisive and informative commentary for each. Lavishly illustrated with photos and memorabilia, Barry Day establishes why, throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Wodehouse was considered a top-tier theatrical figure on both sides of the Atlantic.

Industry Reviews

"Ira Gershwin would have loved this book. Not only was P. G. Wodehouse one of his literary heroes, but to Ira he was also a master lyricist.... All who cherish the best of musical theatre should be grateful to Barry Day for gathering together and sharing with us this treasure trove of wit and sensibility." - Robert Kimball, Musical Theatre Historian; "Before Larry Hart, only P. G. Wodehouse has made any assault on the intelligence of the song-listening public.... Larry always said he was 'inspired' by Wodehouse." - Richard Rodgers; "One day, in fifty, a hundred years' time, the words of Porter, Hart, Wodehouse, Gershwin, Coward, maybe a few of my own, will be published, recited, analyzed, codified." - Johnny Mercer; "Wodehouse is the father of the modern theatre lyric, and it is a true delight to read as well as sing his marvelous creations. Ira Gershwin idolized him, and it is easy to understand why." - Michael Feinstein"

Acknowledgments
Introduction: It's a Long Way Back to Mother's Knee
Miscellaneous Songs (1904-1915)p. 1
Sergeant Brue (1904)p. 2
The Beauty of Bath (1906)p. 6
My Darling (1907)p. 13
The Gay Gordons (1907)p. 16
Nuts and Wine (1914)p. 22
The Princess Period (1916-1918)p. 32
Ninety in the Shade (1915)p. 36
Miss Springtime (Originally Little Miss Springtime) (1916)p. 39
Have a Heart (1917)p. 50
Oh, Boy! (1917)p. 69
Oh, Joy (1919)p. 88
Leave it to Jane (1917)p. 93
Kitty Darlin' (1917)p. 112
The Riviera Girl (1917)p. 116
Miss 1917 (1917)p. 133
Oh, Lady! Lady!! (1918)p. 149
See You Later (1st Version?) (1918)p. 173
See You Later (2nd Version) (1918)p. 190
The Girl Behind the Gun (1918)p. 204
Ladies, Please! (?1917/1918)p. 213
The Canary (1918)p. 224
Oh, My Dear! (1918)p. 229
Kissing Time (1919)p. 246
The Rose of China (1919)p. 260
The Little Thing (1916-1920)p. 271
Sally (1920)p. 276
The Golden Moth (1921)p. 282
The Cabaret Girl (1922)p. 297
The Beauty Prize (1923)p. 315
Pat (1924)p. 333
Sitting Pretty (1924)p. 343
Hearts and Diamonds (1926)p. 368
The Nightingale (1927)p. 374
Showboat (1927)p. 389
Rosalie (1928)p. 394
The Three Musketeers (1928)p. 402
Anything Goes (1934)p. 408
The Chocolate Soldier (1947)p. 416
Oh, Kay! (Revival 1960)p. 424
To Be Continued ...p. 430
The "Lost Shows"p. 439
On the Writing of Lyricsp. 443
Select Bibliographyp. 447
Selected Recordingsp. 449
Song Listp. 451
Indexp. 467
About the Authorp. 489
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780810849945
ISBN-10: 0810849941
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 26th January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.4 x 22.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 1.69