Gershwin the Man

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248649
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933149 | DOI:
Gershwin the Man

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Gershwin liked the accoutrements of wealth, but did not care as much about money as his brother Ira, in whose hands he often left business matters. Considering the sedentary life of a composer, athletics and dancing helped channel his extraordinary physical energy. In other ways, George and Ira were alike. Both inherited from their parents a love for the theater, an interest in horse racing, a fondness for card games, and a general love of gambling. About the same time that George began collecting art, he started drawing and painting more seriously as well, and, in his later years, avidly took up photography as well. His enormous drive presumably contributed to his chronic gastrointestinal problems, including indigestion, constipation, and cramps. Gershwin died on July 11, 1937 at the age of 38, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital following surgery for a brain tumor.

Keywords: Ira Gershwin; George Gershwin; collecting art; gastrointestinal problems; photography; Cedars of Lebanon; brain tumor

Chapter.  9906 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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