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Valerie Schrader - Associate Professor of Communications, Penn State Schuylkill

Book Title: Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany

Author: Stephen Sondheim

Book Description:

I selected this book because my research, which focuses on rhetorical messages in musical theatre, often requires me to analyze song lyrics in addition to scripts, vocal scores, cast recordings and performances. In this book (as well as its companion book, Finishing the Hat), Sondheim provides lyrics for his songs, including some earlier song drafts that never appeared in his musicals. He also provides commentary for each song, giving the reader insight into his writing process. This book was exceptionally helpful to me as I wrote my article on Sondheim's musical Assassins which he wrote with John Weidman, and I hope that others will find it both interesting and useful. I selected Look, I Made a Hat instead of its counterpart Finishing the Hat because the Penn State library system already owns a copy of the latter.


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