Was This Man a Genius?: Talks with Andy Kaufman

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Andy Kaufman defied explanation. Between 1978 and 1979, acclaimed novelist and New Yorker short story writer Julie Hecht attempted to arrange an interview with him, hoping to discover how he came to do what he did. The one-hour interview turned into innumerable surreal meetings and phone conversations with her subject; but she couldn't always tell when his act was on. Whether driving recklessly on icy roads or drawing the author unawares into his schemes and Dada-esque pranks on unsuspecting waiters and college students, Andy Kaufman never seemed to separate himself from his stage personality -- or personalities. Was This Man a Genius? is the culmination of a series of bizarre, frequently hilarious meetings. In describing them, Hecht, herself a master of wit and observation, illuminates the enigma of Andy Kaufman's work and life.
  

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Review: Was This Man a Genius?: Talks With Andy Kaufman

User Review  - Finney Jean Soda - Goodreads

Essentially a revised and extended shelved-magazine profile from the late-70s, Hecht gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Kaufman, a man who was either always acting or always sincerely strange. Told ... Read full review

Review: Was This Man a Genius?: Talks With Andy Kaufman

User Review  - Steven Spector - Goodreads

A tiny little book (169pp) which serves as a nice item for Andy Kaufman completists. There's not much here that hasn't been hinted at or laid out in the biographies, but it's nice hearing Andy speak in his own voice. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 20
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About the author (2009)

Julie Hecht is the author of Do the Windows Open?, Was This Man a Genius?: Talks with Andy Kaufman, and The Unprofessionals. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker and Harper's. She has won an O. Henry Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives on the east end of Long Island in winter and in Massachusetts in summer and fall. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old.

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