Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990) [Gruen, John. (1926–2016) & Heyman, Ken. (b. 1930)]

The Private World of Leonard Bernstein - SIGNED

New York: Ridge Press Book/ Viking Press . 1968. First edition. Richly illustrated with photographs, showing both the public and private sides of this phenomenal talent and personality. Boldly signed and inscribed in black ink by Bernstein on title and dated 1972. Pictorial hardcover, 191 pp. Outer printed glassine dj partially torn, else fine. Fine.


Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, virtuso pianist is seen as only few have been privileged to see him - off stage among his family and friends, working playing, speculating about the future. Author John Greun spent a summer in Italy with the vacationing Bernsteins, then observed the amazingly crowded routines of their life in New York and Connecticut. Ken Heyman's brilliant vivid pictures bring into full view this attractive, meditative, energic, playful man and his extraordinary wife, children and friends. 'The Private World of Leonard Bernstein' is a fascinating report from inside, words and pictures combining to convey the imtimate experience of living under the impact of genius. Profusely illustrated with black and white photos, many full-page.

From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications.  (23107)


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