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“The Saddest Man I Ever Knew”

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/9780195102895.003.0027
“The Saddest Man I Ever Knew”

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Irresponsible and raffish though he might often have appeared to be, Lorenz Hart loved his creature comforts. Dorothy Hart said he bought Irish linen handkerchiefs by the dozen and lost them as fast as he took them out of the box. Hart also avoided looking in mirrors: the reverse of vanity. He spent a great deal of his time with Doc Bender. As Hart grew more successful, Bender — perceiving Hart as “big-time” — dug in his claws all the more deeply. It was a merry ride, all expenses paid. Nanette Guilford recalled Hart giving Doc a hundred-dollar bill to go out and buy sandwiches for some unexpected guests. A wisecrack, a clever pun, a prank, a carefully orchestrated practical joke — these were Hart's meat and drink. He needed the excitement, the frenetic activity, as another man needs peace and quiet. The singer Mabel Mercer said: “He was the saddest man I ever knew.”

Keywords: Lorenz Hart; Dorothy Hart; Doc Bender; Nanette Guilford; Mabel Mercer

Chapter.  5863 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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