A Vers de Société Anthology

New York: Scribner's, 1907. First edition. Red cloth, gilt, very good, minor staining. With Ira Gershwin's ownership signature and address, dated 1923. Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg "shared a special interest in a long line of light, satirical poetry from Renaissance parodists and W.S. Gilbert to the latest newspaper verse of Franklin P. Adams, Bert Taylor, and the young Dorothy Parker. Carolyn Wells's anthology of society verse in particular became an indispensable resource as the two boys experimented with such classic forms as the ballad, limerick, ode, rondeau, and triolet. In time, these two friends ... would help usher in the so-called golden age of American popular song by applying the traditions light verse to modern lyric writing," (Pollock, George Gershwin, p. 15). Item #32009

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