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Love at First Sight

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0002
Love at First Sight

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In 1915, Lorenz Hart transferred from Columbia Grammar to the Columbia University School of Journalism. There he joined an extension class in dramatic technique conducted by Professor Hatcher Hughes, himself an aspiring playwright who would collaborate with Elmer Rice on the 1921 production Wake Up, Jonathan and win a Pulitzer Prize in 1924 with his play Hell-Bent fer Heaven. Hart apparently never had any serious intention of becoming a journalist, but his interest in literature, poetry, and the theatre soon led him, along with many of his classmates, to submit smart little verses and prose items to the famous “Conning Tower” column written by Franklin P. Adams. Through Philip Leavitt, Richard Rodgers meets Hart. They were a study in opposites. Of Hart's feelings there can equally be no doubt. As Philip Leavitt put it with such unwitting percipience, it was love at first sight.

Keywords: Lorenz Hart; Columbia University; literature; poetry; theatre; Conning Tower; Philip Leavitt; Richard Rodgers

Chapter.  3337 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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