Haunted Heart: A Biography of Susannah McCorkle

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Described by the author as "a combination of Dorothy Parker and Doris Day, Sylvia Plath and Sylvia Sims, a fascinating blend of toughness and innocence, chiseled wit and girlish wonder,"; Susannah McCorkle began her music career as a disciple of Billie Holiday.

Ultimately McCorkle went on to develop a carefully crafted style of her own, performing in New York's famed Algonquin Hotel and in venues around the world. Yet at the same time, ...
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Described by the author as "a combination of Dorothy Parker and Doris Day, Sylvia Plath and Sylvia Sims, a fascinating blend of toughness and innocence, chiseled wit and girlish wonder,"; Susannah McCorkle began her music career as a disciple of Billie Holiday.

Ultimately McCorkle went on to develop a carefully crafted style of her own, performing in New York's famed Algonquin Hotel and in venues around the world. Yet at the same time, although few of those close to her were aware of this, she struggled with bipolar disorder. Finally, in 2001, unable to overcome her crippling bouts of depression, McCorkle threw herself from the window of her apartment in New York City. Most of those in the overflow crowd at her memorial service were in shock, for McCorkle was as convincing a performer at hiding her despair as she was at singing.

Haunted Heart follows two stories: the downward curve of McCorkle's emotional life as she descended into her illness and the upward arc of her singing career as it lurched uncertainly toward success. Just as important and fascinating is the light Dahl sheds on the musicians and writers of the '70s, '80s, and '90s who created and informed public perceptions about the music of the jazz and cabaret world. By turns glamorous and brutal, this demimonde fed both the talents and insecurities of those who called it their home.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780472115648
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2006
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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