Bogart: A Life in Hollywood

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Houghton Mifflin, 1997 - 369
"When a man's partner's killed, he's supposed to do something about it." "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine!" "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." The voice is unmistakable. Humphrey Bogart, the most popular American actor of the twentieth century, appealed equally to men and women. Jeffrey Meyers has written the most complete, the most discerning, and the most authoritative life. His powerful research has tracked down all sorts of material previously unknown. Humphrey Bogart was the scion of a rich and socially prominent New York family. His father was a surgeon who in later years declined into drug addiction; his mother, a successful portrait painter who used her obedient son as a model. Humphrey was a poor student and welcomed the interruption to his education of World War I. He played dozens of roles in Broadway plays in the 1920s, mostly in short runs, until he created Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest," which typecast him in Warner Brothers gangster films for a decade. He broke through to stardom after he teamed up with John Huston in The Maltese Falcon, and took his place in the Hollywood firmament with the legendary acting ensemble of Casablanca. He survived three tempestuous and childless marriages (his third wife, Mayo Methot, whom he nicknamed "Sluggy," went so far as to stab him), but at the height of his career he found happiness, and children, with the youthful Lauren Bacall. Jeffrey Meyers, the distinguished literary biographer, enlarges the scope of his biographical gift by concentrating on an actor. He cuts through Hollywood hype and gossip to get at the human and artistic qualities that madeBogart great. The biographer of Hemingway sees in Bogart many of the characteristics shared by the supreme novelist and treats Bogart as a professional actor, conveying his ways of working, his dedication and concentration on the set, his love of privacy, his caustic wit and plain life as well as his stoical and tragic way of dying.

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BOGART: A Life in Hollywood

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The man now considered America's greatest movie star is chronicled seriously and fully, but not always movingly or with new critical insight. Unsurprisingly for a work by a veteran literary biographer ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

Bogart: a life in Hollywood

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Much of the literature on Humphrey Bogart focuses on the source of his enduring appeal, and until now there has not been an in-depth biography. The clear winner between these two titles is the Sperber ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Broadway and Failure in Hollywood 19201934
The Petrified Forest and Warner Bros 19351937
Strife with Mayo 19371942
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Jeffrey Meyers, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has written biographies of such literary greats as D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, & F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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