Orson Welles: A Biography

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 578 pages
Here is a firsthand portrait of the flamboyant American genius who became a titanic figure in twentieth-century popular culture. Orson Welles revolutionized theatre, terrified a nation of radio listeners, and made cinematic history with Citizen Kane, regarded by many as the greatest American film ever made. Building on two years of uninhibited, in-depth interviews with Welles, and on painstaking research in archives and among Welles's contemporaries, Barbara Leaming tells the full story - from Welles's childhood to his glory days in New York and Hollywood, through the years of European exile to his haunting twilight and, in a new epilogue, his death. Publication of this book was, and is again, a major event.
 

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Well done, but sort of sad biography of Welles, which leaves you thinking of all the things he never finished. Still, he left us things that will last forever, particularly Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil. Read full review

Contents

1 The Genius
5
Island of Lost Boys
18
Untrodden Snow
27
Sodom and Begorrah
42
Marching Song
54
Roaring Pansies and Nubile Virgins
70
Bright Lucifer
81
The Bitch Boy
90
Bordello de Luxe
246
Wild Nights
252
Great Days
278
Ole OleM
298
On Schedule and Under Budget
308
Citizen of America
321
Desperate Adventure
342
The Best Kind of Men
375

A Free Soul
98
King of Harlem
107
11 The Magic Box
111
Wild Camp
118
Saint of the Barricades
130
Declaration of Principles
138
Bewigged and Bewhiskered
149
First Person Singular
151
Day of Doom
157
Bananas and Milk
166
The Power of Ambition 193
178
Rosebud
201
Comeuppance
218
The Man in the Red Suit
238
The Glorious Gypsy
387
Bring Up the Lights
411
Sisyphus
418
Crazy Welles
431
So Shall the World Perceive
455
Fact and Fiction
466
Again
476
The Marionette
488
In Life
499
Epilogue
515
Notes and Sources
531
Index
555
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Barbara Leaming is the author of numerous biographies including Churchill Defiant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story. Her articles have appeared in several publications including New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the Times of London.

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