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By Moss Hart

The Dramatic tale that Capitvated a Generation
With this re-creation, the vintage best-selling autobiography via the past due playwright Moss Hart returns to print within the 30th anniversary of its unique ebook. Issued in tandem with Kitty, the unveiling autobiography of his spouse, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Act One, is a landmark memoir that incluenced a iteration of theatergoers, dramatists, and normal e-book readers all over the place. The ebook eloquently chronicles Moss Hart's impoverished early life within the Bronx and Brooklyn and his lengthy, made up our minds fight to his first theatreical Broadway luck, Once in a Lifetime. probably the most celebrated American theater books of the 20 th centure and an excellent memorial to a bygone age, Act One is full of the entire ask yourself, drama, and heartbreak that surrounded Broadway within the Twenties and the years prior to global conflict II.

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Es war nicht zuletzt der Cancan, der in ihm das übermäßige Verlangen nach Rückkehr und Zärt- Rebecca 47 lichkeit erweckte. Und wenn der wilde Lärm der tanzenden Horden über dem jungen Menschen zusammenschlug, mochte er sich nur so zu helfen wissen, daß er sich wie ein Schiffbrüchiger an jene alte Walzermelodie aus den Kindertagen klammerte. Sie war eine sehr gebrechliche Rettungsplanke, und der Umstand, daß sie dringend Verstärkung benötigte, befestigte vielleicht den Entschluß Offenbachs, Walzer zu komponieren.

Viel schlimmer aber ist es, daß sie ihre ganze Jugendblüthe und Kraft körperlich und geistig vergiften ... « Weder vergifteten sie sich gleich, noch auch waren alle am kommenden Morgen gerädert. Im Gegenteil, Lord Seymour - diesmal der echte -, Graf Alton-Shee und andere ihres Kreises verließen den abklingenden Maskenball der letzten Faschingsnacht nur aus dem Grunde, um durch das Morgengrauen des Aschermittwochs nach der Courtille zu fahren, einem hochgelegenen Vorort im Pariser Osten, der von Weinkneipen und Vergnügungslokalen wimmelte.

Wie ein Ahnenspuk trollte er so durch eine Epoche, die schon den Operetten Offenbachs huldigte, dem Ende seines Lebens entgegen. Wo blieb »Mylord l'Arsouille « ? Ein sonderbares Geschick waltete über dieser Erscheinung. Der so Betitelte war nämlich tatsächlich gar nicht Lord Seymour, sondern - was kaum einer wußte ein junger verwahrloster Mensch namens La Battue. Unehelicher Sohn eines Engländers, hatte er nach dessen Tod ein Millionenvermögen geerbt und sodann durch kostspielige Torheiten billige Popularität zu erkaufen gesucht.

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