October 29th, 2013

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Hiding Within His Own Words

By ZACHARY WOOLFE

THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN LETTERS
Edited by Nigel Simeone
Illustrated. 606 pages. Yale University Press. $38.

“You see, I still don’t really know quite what I want to do,” Leonard Bernstein wrote to a friend in 1939, when he was 20. “Conduct, compose, piano, produce, arrange, etc. I’m all of these and none of them.”

Over the next 50 years, the question was less what he would do than how he would do it all. One of the great cultural personalities of the 20th century, Bernstein (1918-90) had capacious talents and an uncommonly full life.
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