Backcloth: A Memoir

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A&C Black, Jan 15, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
First published in 1986, Backcloth is volume four of Dirk Bogarde's best-selling memoirs

Filling the gaps left between his previous memoirs, as well as highlighting new episodes, Backcloth explores the patterns of pleasure and pain that have made up Bogarde's extraordinary life.

Based on personal letters, notebooks and diaries and covering many aspects of a celebrated life, we share experiences from his family home in Hampstead through to his farmhouse retreat in Provence. This memoir highlights the people, emotions and experiences that made him into the man loved by so many.

Written with all the honesty, wit and intelligence that made Bogarde such a popular writer, Backcloth is both eloquent and touching.

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User Review  - madepercy - LibraryThing

I first 'discovered' Dirk Bogarde after reading Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and then watching the movie starring Bogarde as Gustave Aschenbach. The movie was rather true to the book and Bogarde's ... Read full review

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

Autobiographical, as most of Bogarde's books are, but with much interesting detail about life in England before World War II, and the life of an actor and film star. I enjoyed it. I "fell in love ... Read full review


Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Part Three
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
A Note on the Author

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About the author (2012)

Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as Death In Venice. As well as completing six novels, Bogarde wrote several volumes of autobiography.

Between 1947 and 1991, Bogarde made more than sixty films. For over two decades he lived in Italy and France, where he began to write seriously.

In 1985 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews and in 1990 was promoted to Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

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