George Gershwin lived with purpose and gusto, but with melancholy as well, for he was unable to make a place for himself - no family of his own and no real home in music. In this book, Walter Rimler makes use of fresh sources, including newly discovered letters by Kay Swift as well as correspondence between and interviews with intimates of Ira and Leonore Gershwin. It is written with spirited prose and contains more than two dozen photographs.
"A dynamic, fast-paced biography that has the verve and staccato drive of the composer himself. A fuller, more complex, more humorous, and more vulnerable picture of Gershwin than has yet appeared in print." Philip Furia, coauthor of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists "Rimler shines in weaving together anecdotes, correspondence and a wealth of interviews with the composer and his contemporaries to create a vibrant, flesh-and-blood picture of the man and his music in a readable and enjoyable book." Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Jerusalem Post, 15th Oct 2009