A Talent for Genius by Sam Kashner
The Life and Times of Oscar Levant

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Drawing on exhaustive research and hundreds of interviews, this intimate portrait of Oscar Levant discusses the career of the gifted pianist, composer, entertainer, raconteur, and author, as well as his tumultuous, self-destructive private life. 15,000 first printing.

About Sam Kashner

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Sam Kashner is the author of three nonfiction books and one novel, "Sinatraland", and is a frequent contributor to "Vanity Fair", "Esquire", and "GQ". He lives in New York City with his wife, Nancy Schoenberger. Schoenberger has been awarded an NEA and two stateartist grants.
Published May 17, 1994 by Villard. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In fact, as this biography makes clear, Levant was, in spite of an almost hallucinatory catalogue of neurotic compulsions and phobias, a composer of promise, a talented pianist with a wide range of musical strengths (although most widely remembered for his interpretations of Gershwin, his close f...

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(After Gershwin's death in 1937, Levant appeared in Rhapsody in Blue , the Hollywood version of Gershwin's life.) His other film apearances included parts in Humoresque (1947) and An American in Paris (1951), in both of which he honed a persona as a neurotic and cynical musician.

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