Reading lyrics / edited and with an introduction by Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "More than a thousand of the finest lyrics from 1900 to 1975. A celebration of our greatest songwriters, a rediscovery of forgotten masters, and an appreciation of an extraordinary, popular art form."--Cover.
    • Content Notes:
      Lyricists included: Anne Caldwell -- Otto Harbach -- George M. Cohan -- Henry Creamer -- P. G. Wodehouse -- Cecil Mack -- Bert Kalmar -- Harry Ruby -- Joseph McCarthy -- Sam M. Lewis -- Joe Young -- Edgar Leslie -- Shelton Brooks -- Gus Kahn -- Clifford Grey -- Haven Gillespie -- Irving Berlin -- Maxwell Anderson -- Noble Sissle -- Grant Clarke -- Cole Porter -- Al Dubin -- Clarence Gaskill -- Morton Dixon -- Jack Yellen -- Roy Turk -- Walter Donaldson -- Herman Hupfeld -- Ted Koehler -- Arthur Freed -- B. G. (Buddy) DeSylva -- Lew Brown -- Ray Henderson -- Leo Robin -- Lorenz Hart -- Irving Caesar -- Oscar Hanmerstein II -- Andy Razaf -- E. Y. Harburg -- Paul James -- Howard Dietz -- Harry Woods -- Ira Gershwin -- Mann Holiner -- Noel Gay -- Hoagy Carmichael -- Noel Coward -- Mitchell Parish -- Kim Gannon -- Edward Eliscu -- Eric Mashcwitz -- Ned Washington -- Meredith Willson -- Ogden Nash -- Sam Coslow -- Irving Kahal -- Ray Noble -- Eddie DeLange -- Mack Gordon -- Allan Roberts -- Doris Fisher -- Dorothy Fields -- Herb Magidson -- Harold Adamson -- Alec Wilder -- Edward Heyman -- Ralph Freed -- Paul Francis Webster -- Harold Rome -- Johnny Burke -- Don Raye -- Don George -- George Marion, Jr. -- Johnny Mercer -- Frank Loesser -- Bobby Troup -- Mack David -- Jack Lawrence -- Tom Adair -- Sammy Cahn -- William Engvick -- Hugh Martin -- Ralph Blane -- Robert Wright -- George Forrest -- Irving Gordon -- Jay Livingston -- Ray Evans -- Bob Russell -- Bart Howard -- Billy Strayhorn -- Betty Comden -- Adolph Green -- John LaTouche -- Bob Hilliard -- Alan Jay Lerner -- Jack Segal -- Ervin Drake -- Bob Merrill -- Peggy Lee -- George David Weiss -- Richard Adler -- Jerry Ross -- Joseph McCarthy, Jr. -- Marshall Barer -- Sandy Wilson -- Lee Adams -- Sheldon Harnick -- Alan Bergman -- Marilyn Bergman -- Carolyn Leigh -- Fran Landesman -- Gene Lees -- Stephen Sondheim -- Lionel Bart -- Leslie Bricusse -- Jerry Herman -- Fred Ebb -- Dave Frishberg -- Richard Malty, Jr.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
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    • ABNT:
      GOTTLIEB, R.; KIMBALL, R. Reading lyrics. 1st ed. [s. l.]: Pantheon Books, 2000. ISBN 0375400818. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Gottlieb R, Kimball R. Reading Lyrics. 1st ed. Pantheon Books; 2000. Accessed February 22, 2020.
    • APA:
      Gottlieb, R., & Kimball, R. (2000). Reading lyrics (1st ed.). Pantheon Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Gottlieb, Robert, and Robert Kimball. 2000. Reading Lyrics. 1st ed. Pantheon Books.
    • Harvard:
      Gottlieb, R. and Kimball, R. (2000) Reading lyrics. 1st ed. Pantheon Books. Available at: (Accessed: 22 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Gottlieb, R & Kimball, R 2000, Reading lyrics, 1st ed., Pantheon Books, viewed 22 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Gottlieb, Robert, and Robert Kimball. Reading Lyrics. 1st ed., Pantheon Books, 2000. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Gottlieb, Robert, and Robert Kimball. Reading Lyrics. 1st ed. Pantheon Books, 2000.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Gottlieb R, Kimball R. Reading lyrics [Internet]. 1st ed. Pantheon Books; 2000 [cited 2020 Feb 22]. Available from:


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 2000

Most people remember a song better than they remember a poem. During the 1900^-75 scope of this sterling anthology, remembering a song was remembering a poem. That span was the heyday of the classic American popular song, which re-expressed all the old emotions in language invigorated by the dialects of all the external and internal immigrants drawn to America's burgeoning industrial centers. The typical classic American popular song--any of the 1,000-plus examples editors Gottlieb and Kimball have chosen--is rife with those pnemonic aids par excellence, rhyme and wordplay. Accordingly, you could use the book for a party game, the object of which would be seeing who recalls the most songs and, beyond that, can sing them. With lyricists including all the superstars, from Cohan to Sondheim, and plenty whose songs' fame have outlived that of their names, such as Haven Gillespie ("Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town") and Edward Eliscu ("Without a Song"), the party could take all of a grand night for singing. Oh!--get a copy for the reference desk, too. ((Reviewed August 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

LJ Reviews 2000 August #1

Gottlieb (editor, Reading Jazz) and Kimball (editor, The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin) have assembled 1000 popular American and English song texts dating from 1900 to 1975 and arranged them chronologically by lyricist's birth date. Focusing solely on theater and film songs, the editors profile more than 100 songwriters, including Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein, Yip Harburg, and Stephen Sondheim. Each entry details their musical contributions and three or more lyrics with verse(s) and refrain. Country, rock, folk, and blues numbers go unmentioned, as they would not have fit in this single volume. "One-hit wonders" are also listed at the back along with an index of song titles. The inclusion of lesser-known songs by major figures such as Irving Berlin or by little-remembered writers such as Mann Holiner or Sam Coslow seems to pad the volume rather than enhance its usefulness. Unfortunately, the title, too, is misleading: Reading Lyrics is more of a compilation than an interpretative work. This book is recommended, however, as a sanctioned print alternative to various lyric web sites for libraries serving a clientele seeking popular song texts and information. Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.