Paul Scofield: An Actor for All Seasons

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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(Applause Books). Garry O'Connor, highly respected for his theatrical biographies, presents a richly drawn, fully dimensional portrait of the great actor Paul Scofield. He interviewed the intensely private Scofield himself, as well as many of the actors and directors he has worked with, including Simon Callow, Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre and Peter Hall. The result is a masterly biography that paints a revealing portrait of a man who, for the serious film and theatre-goer, is more of an icon than any other living actor.
 

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Paul Scofield: an actor for all seasons

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Scofield is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Sir Thomas More in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). This most private of actors has had an extraordinarily successful ... Read full review

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Contents

You Would Pluck the Heart Out of My Mystery?
11
Obligation to the Few
14
Sunshine and Summer
19
Virtue and Fallibility
25
Interlude Scofields Tear
35
Joy
38
Interlude Baddie Number One
41
The Temple
43
Interlude General Filth and Green Virginity
180
More Trivial Pursuits
185
SelfDeception Continued
188
Saint Homosexual and Regicide
191
Under Murderers Report
203
Four Score and Downward
216
Too Strong Too Ard
220
Rust on the Leaf
223

Peter and Paul
48
Theatrical Lordlings
54
What Is Amiss?
59
Stir Fry
62
That Earth That Kept the World in Awe
68
I Have That Within
74
At Large in Asia
78
BinkieLand
82
Warmups? Whatever For?
86
Interlude The Rivals Baddie Number Two
89
Gielgud Observed
93
Ring Artist Direct
107
The Actor as Writer
118
Paul in Grimland
129
Murder and Adultery
134
Interlude Encounter with Merlin
144
A Bad Play?
147
The Big One
159
Interlude Madness Versus Method
167
Public and Private Ears
169
Interlude Mr Lear and the Return of Baddie Number Two
174
Dipped in the Same Dish
178
Great Riches
232
Interlude Prince of the Borgias
238
Monsters of the Pit
241
Nature and Brutality
249
Interlude A Family
262
Bricked Up in Fame
264
Completing the Quartet
277
Return to Central Park
286
Fleet Street Napoleon Other Worlds Elsewhere
294
If You Want a Title Whats Wrong with Mr?
301
Who Is the Hero? Who Is the Villain?
304
You Will Never Find an Englishman in the Wrong
310
And the Other Giant
318
LOreille Est le Chemin du Coeur
324
Irene Worth on Scofields King Lear
330
Chronology
334
Acknowledgments
354
Source Notes
355
Index
372
Picture Acknowledgments
384
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Garry O'Connor has been a major and prolific English biographer since his life of Ralph Richardson, published in 1980, was hailed in "The New York Times Book Review" as "Stunning... the best biography of an actor I've ever read," and by the "London Sunday Times" as an "astounding book, original in form and fascinating in content." He has subsequently written highly praised lives of Sean O'Casey, Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield and William Shakespeare and, most recently, Alec Guinness. He lives in England with his wife and six children.

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