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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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Night Madness

Night Madness

(p.186) 24 Night Madness
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

While Richard Rodgers played tennis and lived what he described as the life of a retired banker, Lorenz Hart's erratic, disorganized life grew ever more chaotic. He had what one of his friends called “night madness” where Larry was respectable until ten thirty. He would take his mother to a show, or to dinner, or a party. Then they would go home and he'd wait till she went to bed, and he'd be out with his own crowd. Those were crazy nights. It was if he never wanted to go to sleep. Frances Manson, a scenarist with Columbia, saw a lot of Larry while he was in Hollywood; she went out with him often. His lifestyle in general and his appetite for liquor in particular bothered her. One night they went to the Clover Club, a gambling place on the Strip. Larry bet like a madman, money pouring out of every pocket as he placed his bets.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, night madness, Frances Manson, lifestyle, Clover Club

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