Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World

David Lehman (Author)
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Publish Date
October 27, 2015
5.7 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His eleven books of poetry include Playlist, Poems in the Manner Of, New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. The most recent of his many nonfiction books is One Hundred Autobiographies A Memoir. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.


"He will hold your interest with his smart and passionate views. The book is the literary equivalent of a late-night session among Sinatra devotees sharing their favorite recordings over drinks, calling attention to the finer nuances of beloved tracks. Even an old Sinatra fan like me learned new things from Lehman."--Ted Gioia, BookForum
"Selective, idiosyncratic and short. Some of the observations are familiar, but the best make fresh comparisons and connections. And Lehman is strong on the way Sinatra's music continues to wend its way through the culture."--Ben Yagoda, New York Times Book Review
"David Lehman gives us a more nuanced study --Sinatra's Century. The book hits all the highlights -and dim days- of Sinatra's career, starting with his days as a big-band singer who blossomed into an idol for teenage girls. Let this book cast its spell."--Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Lehman, an established poet, widens the frame of reference, thereby expanding the emotional resonance of the songs...Lehman tells us what those facts mean."--Sibbie O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Like Wallace Stevens's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," Sinatra's Century offers multiple views of a subject that fascinates its author. His accomplishment is in not just telling Sinatra's story, but in describing the man's effect on all of us, then and now."--Tom Toce, Los Angeles Review of Books
"I would particularly recommend Sinatra's Century, a wonderful new book by the poet, editor, and essayist David Lehman. The book is at once short, fun to dip in and out of, full of quirky yet thoughtful lists of best albums and songs, with a poet's appreciation of Sinatra's craft."--Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV
"Mr. Lehman holds the reader by ferreting out of the voluminous files lots of choice quotes and anecdotes that reanimate Sinatra's gamy lost world."--Wall Street Journal
"Threaded through David Lehman's 100 notes are captivating observations, histories, insights and reflections likely to serve as interesting dinner party conversations."--Beverly Hills Courrier
"A poet and critic by trade, Lehman has composed a paean that devotes as much space to Sinatra's personality as to his singing...Well-written and unfailingly pleasing to read."--Commentary