Lorenz Hart Additional Biography


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Lorenz Milton Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, to Max Hart and Frieda Isenberg Hart. He had one brother, Theodore Van Wyck Hart, who also gained theatrical fame, as comic actor Teddy Hart. Lorenz Hart was educated at Columbia Grammar School, DeWitt Clinton, Weingart Institute, and Columbia University. In school, he belonged to literary societies and wrote for and edited the school papers.

Hart grew up in a highly literary environment. His mother, Frieda, had wanted to be an actress, and from the age of six, he was taken to the theater. He began to write poetry when he was six, and he wrote and performed skits and satires of plays he had seen both on and off Broadway. He loved the Gilbert and Sullivan and...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Lorenz Hart is a revolutionary figure in the history of the American musical stage. Before the arrival of Hart and his partner, Richard Rodgers, musical comedies had been sentimental arrangements of semioperatic songs. Hart’s witty words restored the balance between music and lyrics, established the lyricist in an equal partnership with the composer, and paved the way for such serious musicals as West Side Story (1957) and A Chorus Line (1975).

Hart was born in Manhattan in 1895 into a Jewish family. He attended a series of private schools, finally majoring in journalism at Columbia University but not obtaining a degree. It was evident early that Hart had a talent with words, and he often wrote...

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