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American Poets Project #30: Stephen Foster & Co.: Lyrics of America's First Great Popular Songs


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Stephen Foster (1826-1864) is the trunk of the tree of American song. His blackface minstrel songs, including Oh Susanna, Old Folks at Home (Way down upon the Swanee River...), and My Old Kentucky Home, and his parlor ballads, such as Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair and Beautiful Dreamer, have inspired composers, songwriters, and performers from Charles Ives and George Gershwin to Ray Charles and James Taylor. Foster devoted as much care and craft to his lyrics as he did to his timeless melodies. In this comprehensive new selection, acclaimed music historian Ken Emerson introduces and annotates the lyrics to more than 30 of Foster's best and best-known songs. These masterpieces by America's first full-time professional songwriter have been so deeply absorbed into our culture that they are often assumed to be folk music. Alongside are 49 other 19th-century American popular songs that influenced Foster or that he in turn inspired, from Home Sweet Home in the 1820s to Western Home (the original Home on the Range) in the 1870s.

With his usual taste and insight, Ken Emerson has given us a much-needed collection of the lyrics of Stephen Foster and the other trailblazing talents who first defined American popular songwriting. -Elijah Wald, author of How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll

Book News Annotation:

Emerson, an author and journalist, annotates the lyrics of 32 of Stephen Foster's most famous and popular songs, along with 49 other American popular songs written between 1815 and 1890 that influenced him or that he inspired. The volume includes songs by George Washington Dixon, James A. Bland, Edward Harrigan, Jesse Hutchinson Jr., George F. Root, and others. Plantation melodies, parlor ballads, drinking and temperance songs, songs of protest and poverty, war songs, and comic songs are represented, with introductory background information preceding the lyrics. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Stephen Foster is a MacMillan PEN shortlisted story writer and novelist, and the author of several books of nonfiction including Walking Ollie and Fetching Dylan, both of which appeared on the London Sunday Times bestseller list. He lives in Norwich, England, with his partner and fellow writer Trezza Azzopardi, and their lurcher puppy Dylan.

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Foster, Stephen
Library of America
Emerson, Ken
Emerson, Ken
Foster, Steven
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Songs, English -- United States.
Popular music -- United States -- 19th century.
Music-Folk and Ethnic
General Music
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American Poets Project
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from 12
7.76x4.70x.71 in. .59 lbs.
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