The manuscript page of song quotes leads off with “Stormy Weather” and includes, in order: “Over the Rainbow”, “Two Ladies in De Shade of De Banana Tree” (from House of Flowers) , “Here's What I'm Here For” (from A Star Is Born), “Come Rain or Come Shine”, “Paper Moon”, and “The Man That Got Away" -- altogether seven quotes across which Arlen has boldly penned his first name.
This page of quotes was prepared by Arlen for the cover of the 1961 biography by Edward Jablonski, Harold Arlen: Happy with the Blues -- The Life and Times of the Composer of Stormy Weather. The manuscript is offered with the original artwork prepared for the cover of the book -- that is, the mockup given to the printer -- with various handwritten instructions for final production.
Edward Jablonski (1922-2004) was an important writer on American musical theater. In addition to Harold Arlen: Happy with the Blues, his other biographies include The Gershwin Years and Irving Berlin: American Troubadour.
Provenance: Estate of Harold Arlen.