"[M]onumental....Lehrman's book opens with an interesting miscellany, including an exhaustive genealogy and an ample bibliography on Blitzstein's writer-wife, Eva Goldbeck. What follows is a chronological list of Blitzstein's works by genre; a chronological list of the composers texts to music by others; a list of articles written by Blitzstein; a list of general articles about Blitzstein written both during his lifetime and after his death; a large annotated section devoted to articles and documentation organized by work; a discography and a videography including archival artifacts; and an index of names and organizations. Researchers will want to know that the microfilm reel numbers refer to archival material that resides at the Blitzstein Collection at the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison....[t]he sheer magnitude of this accomplishment, a life in documents for which the term, bio-bibliography hardly suffices."
"Leonard Lehrman has compiled an important reference work on the influential American composer, Marc Blitzstein. Lehrman knows the Blitzstein works inside out, and can write in the composer's style, having completed several pieces from existing sketches after Blitzstein's death. But, this work is about scholarship. It is a description of everything Blitzstein ever wrote and everything written about him. This comprehensiveness, along with accompanying crtiical analyses, makes this the definitive reference work on Blitzstein to date. Since Blitzstein's influence on younger American composers has been termed incalculable, so will this work earn a place on the bookshelf of every American music lover who needs to know the details and specifics of the Blitzstein oeuvre, and where to obtain these materials."
"Leonard Lehrman's Marc Blitzstein bibliography is an accomplishment of extraordinary scope and depth. A resource for composers, musicians, and scholars now and in the future, this ambitious work complements Eric Gordon's biography of Blitzstein, Mark the Music, and stands on its own as an invaluable repository."
"Marc Blitzstein was a man of the theater and a composer of originality and brilliance. Like Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, and Britten, he created indelible characters, portrayed whole swaths of society, on stage. The Cradle Will Rock and Regina are the tip of a mammoth iceberg, well worth exploring--and performing. Leonard Lehrman's comprehensive and fascinating Marc Blitzstein: A Bio-Bibliography provides essential guidance on all aspects of Blitzstein's life and work and belongs in every music, theater, or American-studies library."
"Marc Blitzstein is a major presence in modern American culture. Or should be. But since his bizarre death at age 59 he has faded from public consciousness, while our world grows evermore illiterate.
Now almost single-handedly, Leonard Lehrman has brought back an awareness of Blitzstein's music on his hundreth birthday--not just the early crossover pieces but the final unfinished theater works. Thanks also to the continuing and indispensable series of Bio-Bibliographies published by Greenwood Press."