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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#26
Posted: 5/27/20 at 1:26pm

BJR said: "Why would Finishing the Hat be out of print? That seem shocking to me, considering it's only 10 years old and by such a prominent person. Expensive to print, perhaps?"

That's a good question. I'm guessing it is expensive, but collections of lyrics don't often stay in print. Even acknowledging this is Sondheim, a collection of his complete lyrics is only attractive to a pretty niche audience.

Oscar Hammerstein II--as culturally important in his day and infinitely more popular--published a collection of his lyrics and it went out of print for 50 years, then came into print for a very short time again with a new intro by Sondheim.

Right now, there is a series reprinting the complete lyrics of famous Broadway lyricists, but they don't contain all the autobiographical info Sondheim does, so they are probably cheaper to print: only one volume per person.

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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#27
Posted: 5/27/20 at 2:02pm

I had no idea it was so hard to get hold of nowadays. And if it's really out of print and not just out of stock, that's surprising. It's not like it was made by a small publisher. It's Penguin Random House.

A large book on high quality paper would be expensive to print in a small print run, so maybe that's it. If the publisher gets enough requests for it, maybe they'll consider reprinting.

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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#28
Posted: 5/28/20 at 6:44am
Weren’t they selling all his books at the latest West Side Story revival? I thought I remembered seeing them. I may be very well mistaken.
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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#30
Posted: 5/28/20 at 8:14am

The current prices on eBay for Finishing seem very reasonable. Am I missing something? Link  If not, hope this helps someone who wants a copy, get one. 

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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#31
Posted: 6/29/20 at 5:45pm
They are fully back in stock, you drama queens lol
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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#32
Posted: 6/29/20 at 6:13pm

I want to know if this thread caused a run on the used copies with jacked-up prices.

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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#33
Posted: 6/29/20 at 9:01pm

TotallyEffed said: "They are fully back in stock, you drama queens lol"

Lol! It was kind of sad seeing them out of stock, but it made me super happy that I have a sealed "Hat Box." 

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Why Are Sondheim’s Books So Expensive?#34
Posted: 6/30/20 at 6:05pm

Because like his productions, they are limited runs.


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