My Wonderful World Of Slapstick

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Da Capo Press, Aug 22, 1982 - Performing Arts - 323 pages
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Buster Keaton's autobiography is a view into the quirky mind behind the stoic face of the legendary film comedian.
 

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This is a special peek into the world of Buster Keaton. The anecdotes are a thrill to read, and the overview on his life is written with humor, candor, and a smidgen of self-deprecation. He writes about his hubris with humility and a genuine quality. He was one of those rare beings we were lucky to know. 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
THE THREE KEATONS
9
BECOME A SOCIAL ISSUE
29
THE KEATONS INVADE ENGLAND
53
BACK HOME AGAIN IN GODS COUNTRY
69
ONE WAY TO GET INTO THE MOVIES
89
WHEN THE WORLD WAS OURS
107
BOFFOS BY MAN AND BEAST
123
MARRIAGE AND PROSPERITY SNEAK UP ON ME
167
MY 300000 HOME AND SOME OTHER SEMITRIUMPHS
183
THE WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE
203
THE TALKIE REVOLUTION
217
THE CHAPTER I HATE TO WRITE
237
A PRATFALL CAN BE A BEAUTIFUL THING
249
ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL
267
BUSTER KEATON FILMOGRAPHY
283

THE DAY LAUGHTER STOPPED
145

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About the author (1982)

Charles Samuels, a New York newspaperman, wrote biographies of Jody Garland, Lizzie Borden, and Evelyn Nesbit. He worked with Buster Keaton on My Wonderful World of Slapstick (also available from Da Capo Press). Donald Bogle is the author of Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars (also available from De Capo Press), Blacks in American Film & Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, and Toms, Coon, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks: An Interpretive Histroy of Blacks in American Films. He has been called "the dean of black film history.