|Plot Summary of Stephen Sondheim: A Life|
|" Stephen Sondheim was raised on the Upper West Side of New York in a prosperous family. He was taught to play the piano by he father. After his parent's divorce he was sent away to military schools and felt abandoned. When he became acquainted with the family of Oscar Hammerstein, it was as though he found a second father and he determined to follow in his footsteps. After a stint with Hollywood, Sondheim was able to get a foothold in the theatre when he got his first success collaborating with Leonard Bernstein on the lyrics for West Side Story. His first solo production on Broadway was the very successful, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The book also discusses the composer's homosexuality. "
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Stephen Sondheim: A Life|
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Taboo Sex Story?
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- gay guy
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Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
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- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
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- Age 16-Adult
- A ton 16-20 B&W
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- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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