Wrote "The Firebrand of Florence", produced on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by / music arranged by / music orchestrated by 'Kurt Weill' (v). Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Book by Edwin Justus Mayer
(based on his play "Firebrand") and Ira Gershwin
. Musical Director: Maurice Abravanel. Book directed by John Haggott. Choreographed by...
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(From his autobiography) My going to Hollywood was inevitable. It was the bourn from which no artist ever returns, marked out on the day when I put aside my first poem, scribbled on the back of an envelope, to unwillingly pack underwear stock in cases. But I have not wanted to be poor - I will not be poor! I will force the world to take note of me.
Was mentioned by name in Budd Schulberg's 1950 novel about Hollywood, "The Disenchanted," as well as Schlberg's non-fiction work, "The Four Seasons of Success.".