Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein’s letters reveal his many sides

Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein’s letters reveal his many sides

When you’ve written the lyrics to 850 songs, including standards from such transformative Broadway classics as Show Boat, South Pacific and Oklahoma!, you might well be tempted to put down your pen on occasion. But the 1088-page volume The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II establishes that lyricist/librettist Hammerstein rarely did that. The book’s editor, Mark … Read more