For nearly sixty years, Frank Sinatra (1915-98) triumphed in concert, in the recording studio, on television, and on the big screen, refashioning his image to suit the temper of the times. Sinatra did it "his way," remaining both elusive and alluring, and appealing to men and women alike. This collection analyzes the qualities that ensured Sinatra's staying power: his impeccable musicality, his charisma, his tough-mindedness, and even his peccadilloes. The contributors to this volume evaluate Sinatra's impact on all areas of entertainment, and examine many of the cultural forces he influenced and was influenced by, including Bing Crosby, Elvis, the "Beats," the Beatles, and Rock 'n' Roll. What emerges is a portrait of an artist, entertainment icon, and legendary symbol of popular culture. This appreciation of the Sinatra phenomenon celebrates his enduring impact on American entertainment and cultural life. CONTRIBUTORS: BLAINE ALLAN, SAMUEL L. CHELL, DAVID FINCK, JOSEPH FIORAVANTI, JEANNE FUCHS, PHILIP FURIA, ROGER GILBERT, RUTH PRIGOZY, WALTER RAUBICHECK, LISA JO SAGOLLA, RON SIMON, ARNOLD JAY SMITH, JAMES F. SMITH, PATRIC M. VERRONE, DAVID WILD Jeanne Fuchs is professor emerita of comparative literature and languages at Hofstra University; Ruth Prigozy is professor of English at Hofstra University.