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In this marvelous biography, Furia focuses on the life of Ira Gershwin, the older and less flamboyant of the Gershwin brothers, one of American songwriting's most important and enduring innovators. From his first major success, "The Man I Love" 1924, to his last great hit, "The Man That Got Away" 1954, Ira Gershwin wrote the words to some of America's best-loved standards. 20 illustrations.
"Ira Gershwin is predominantly a lyrical biography of 'the other Gershwin,' as Ira was unfairly called. And nobody understands the rhetoric of a song better than Furia."--The Chicago Tribune
"Mr. Furia presents a clear, focused, highly readable study of Gershwin's lyrics in all their deceptive simplicity.... A sharp and concise look at the reasons Gershwin's songs have endured."--The New York Times Book Review
"Ira Gershwin was a true master of lyric writing, and Mr. Furia has done him great and insightful justice."--Steve Allen