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Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Symbolic character in the poetry of T. S. Eliot. representing the vulgar but vital force of life, particularly in modern man. He is introduced in “Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service” (1918)...

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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Ethan Mordden.

in On Sondheim

January 2016; p ublished online January 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music. 3024 words.

This chapter considers Sweeney Todd which is an operatic serial-killer melodrama based on Christopher Bond's eponymous play. Sondheim, however, does not use the term opera for his works,...

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Sweeney, Joel Walker (1810)

in The Grove Dictionary of American Music

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: American Music. 385 words.

As a boy, he learned to play the banjo from slaves in the area of his father's farm near what

When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden.

January 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Book. Subjects: American Music. 272 pages.

As historians have begun to consider the movie musical along with the stage musical, this book explores just how influential such writers as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole...

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An Introduction to Sondheim’s Life and Art

Ethan Mordden.

in On Sondheim

January 2016; p ublished online January 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music. 7809 words.

This introductory chapter describes the life and subsequent Broadway career of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Born into an upper-middle class family in New York, Sondheim...

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The Creole Synthesis in the New World

Christopher J. Smith.

in The Creolization of American Culture

September 2013; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music. 21403 words.

This chapter examines the musical, cultural, and sociological elements of blackface minstrelsy's “creole synthesis” throughout the Caribbean and the British colonies of North America. It...

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On Sondheim

Ethan Mordden.

January 2016; p ublished online January 2016 .

Book. Subjects: American Music. 216 pages.

Stephen Sondheim’s Company appeared in 1970, and the American musical theatre has never been the same. The adventures of a bachelor and his married friends, Company exploded the musical’s...

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