Christopher Bray

As normal as blueberry pie: Oscar Hammerstein II, through his letters

He emerges from his correspondence as a devoted family man, with a mission to ‘improve’ his audiences through faith in the power of love

Hammerstein at home c. 1944. A contented family man, he was forever turning down work to be with his wife and children. [Getty Images]

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