While recovering from a serious stroke in 1995, British author, critic, and editor Robert McCrum found that the only words that made sense to him were bits of Shakespeare.
“Mike Nichols: A Life is an invaluable contribution to the history of American theatre and film since World War II as well as a colorful portrait of one of its most celebrated and
Max Steiner essentially created the concept of composing for the movies. From the start of the sound era, Steiner defined a musical orchestral “cinematic” scoring for the American movies.
“One senses on every page Kaplan’s enthusiasm for his subject as well as his deep knowledge.”
We know more about William Shakespeare than we know about the lives and work of most of his contemporaries; the documentary record, though sparse, is substantial.
Ivo De Figueiredo has written several books on the life and work of Henrik Ibsen, and his latest and most comprehensive portrait of the larger than life man, his times, and his singular creative jo
“Holly van Leuven has written an exhaustively researched, well-written chronicle of Bolger’s life and career.
"‘The truth of the Apollo's great history is the stuff of which myths are made.’"
“Playing to the Gods is a useful entry into the careers and lives of these two extraordinary artists.”
A dream come true. This is what Frank Verlizzo, aka Fraver, has been living.
“an extraordinary and thought provoking view on the playwright’s life and works.”
It’s a theatrical occasion when a celebrated playwright gets around to publishing his memoirs and reveals how a play is born.
“an important entry into the literature of American dance history. It deserves recognition as a classic.”
John Lahr just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his penetrating biography of Tennessee Williams.
New York Times arts journalist Eric Grode’s The Book of Broadway is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book with capsule histories of each show.
“Black Broadway is a wonderful book. . . . lushly illustrated with oversized historic photographs . . . genius . . .”
“To this latest book (a collection of good-sized pieces for The New York Review of Books and quite a few, well, bad-sized ones, little nuggets he wrote as speeches or trib
“Stay, Illusion! is not a graceful gavotte but a gallop through the fields of thought . . .”
“Imagine a writer with a seemingly endless vocabulary who has somehow convinced himself that he is being paid by the word.
“In so many other places in Look, I Made a Hat, as here, Stephen Sondheim has tales to tell, names to drop and wonderful, rich, savory mincemeat to make of others, all in his own i
“And so it goes. In the end, Shatner’s Rules, like Shatner’s ego and Shatner’s vocal patterns, are uniquely his own.
“We should all live such lives—dreaming and attaining, loving and lusting—and look so good when we sit down to write our memoirs. . . .
“This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert’s signature ‘truthiness’ seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms.
“Throughout Rin Tin Tin: The Life of the Legend Susan Orlean presents a story that is as engrossing as it is illuminating, which is, of course, her special magic.