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Yale University Press

July 11, 2013 10:50 ET

The Letters of Leonard Bernstein to Be Published for the First Time by Yale University Press

New Book Includes Nearly Sixty Years of Correspondence to and From Leonard Bernstein

NEW HAVEN, CT--(Marketwired - July 11, 2013) -  On October 29, 2013, Yale University Press will publish The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone. No selection of Leonard Bernstein's correspondence of this size and scope has been previously published, and most of the letters in this brand new collection are previously unseen.

The candor of this extraordinary correspondence to and from Leonard Bernstein tells us much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, his enthusiasms, his politics, and those close to him. Taken together, they reveal a man of extraordinary humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance and humor.

Drawing on the extensive Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress, Nigel Simeone has selected a wide-ranging selection of letters featuring great musicians, famous authors and public figures, Hollywood glitterati, and other major figures of the 20th century.

Included in The Leonard Bernstein Letters are correspondence with Stephen Sondheim, Lauren Bacall, Aaron Copland, Adolph Green, Jerome Robbins, Martha Gellhorn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Boris Pasternak, Thornton Wilder and many others. Nearly sixty years of correspondence are included in The Leonard Bernstein Letters, from 1932 until just before Bernstein's death in 1990.

British musicologist Nigel Simeone is a writer and speaker on music and is the author of several books including Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story.

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For more information, or to request a copy of The Leonard Bernstein Letters for review, please contact Alden Ferro / or Jennifer Doerr /

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