Alfred Hitchcock

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Ulverscroft Large Print Books, 6 sty 2016 - 348
Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, Alfred Hitchcock was isolated as a child. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did he become one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and James Stewart despaired of his detached directing style and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endured cuts and bruises from a real-life flock of birds on set. Yet underneath, Hitch was a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashed a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life ...

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Recenzja użytkownika  - loraineo - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book, but wish it had been longer ,more detail. It did start with his childhood and progressed through his many movies, his interactions with the 'stars' and ended with his death. Seems to be a clear, honest description of his life. Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Recenzja użytkownika  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

A pretty good bio on the famous director. The book covering of course his well known movies and tv series, but also a good accounting of his character and personal life. Hitchcock could often be as ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Peter Ackroyd was born in London in 1949. He graduated from Cambridge University and was a Fellow at Yale (1971-1973). A critically acclaimed and versatile writer, Ackroyd began his career while at Yale, publishing two volumes of poetry. He continued writing poetry until he began delving into historical fiction with The Great Fire of London (1982). A constant theme in Ackroyd's work is the blending of past, present, and future, often paralleling the two in his biographies and novels. Much of Ackroyd's work explores the lives of celebrated authors such as Dickens, Milton, Eliot, Blake, and More. Ackroyd's approach is unusual, injecting imagined material into traditional biographies. In The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), his work takes on an autobiographical form in his account of Wilde's final years. He was widely praised for his believable imitation of Wilde's style. He was awarded the British Whitbread Award for biography in 1984 of T.S. Eliot, and the Whitbread Award for fiction in 1985 for his novel Hawksmoor. Ackroyd currently lives in London and publishes one or two books a year. He still considers poetry to be his first love, seeing his novels as an extension of earlier poetic work.

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