John Lahr. Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr. NY: Knopf, 1969.
John Lahr. “The Lemon-Drop Kid” in The New Yorker. Sept. 30, 1996. Reprinted in Honky Tonk Parade, Overlook Press, 2005.
Ethan Mordden. Broadway Babies. NY: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Michael Lasser. America’s Songs II: Songs from the 1890s to the Postwar Years. Routledge, 2013. The second volume in the series, containing material on “Buds Won’t Bud,” “Down with Love,” “Last Night When We Were Young,” “In the Shade of the New Apple Tree” and “Fun to Be Fooled,” the latter lyric written with Ira Gershwin.
Stephen Nelson. “Only a Paper Moon”: The Theatre of Billy Rose. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1985, 1987. This examination of the impresario’s stage career includes a discussion of some of the musical revues to which Yip contributed songs.
W. Rigdon, ed. Notable Names in the American Theatre. Clifton, NJ: J.T. White, 1976.
Bernard Rosenberg and Ernest Goldstein, eds., Creators and Disturbers: Reminiscences by Jewish Intellectuals of New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1982. Chapter 8: “From the Lower East Side to ‘Over the Rainbow’,” p. 137.
Deena Rosenberg. Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. 2nd ed. University of Michigan Press, 1997. Contains numerous quotes by Yip on his friendship with the Gershwins, his collaborations with Ira and the atmosphere of life in the world of musical theatre and film during the Golden Age of American popular songwriting.
More Rhymes for the Irreverent. Originally published as At This Point in Rhyme (NY: Crown, 1976). Reissued by the Yip Harburg Foundation, 2000 with illustrations by LeVan/Barbee Studio. Softcover. This book is OUT OF PRINT and available exclusively from The Yip Harburg Foundation.
Rhymes for the Irreverent. Reissued January 2006 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. This hardcover edition incorporates the 1965 and 1976 editions of the two books cited above, plus several newly discovered, previously unpublished poems. Seymour Chwast, who illustrated the original 1965 Rhymes for the Irreverent, created new pen-and-ink drawings for this edition.