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Groucho The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx (Paperback)

Author:  Stefan Kanfer
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375702075
ISBN-13: 9780375702075
Sku: 30723500
Publish Date: 5/1/2001
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  496
Age Range:  NA
 
On the night of May 21, 1972, a frail, bald, eighty-two-year-old trouper enters from the wings of Carnegie Hall and takes center stage. (from the first line)
He has not performed in New York for some fifty years, and in that time he has risen to the status of pantheon figure. He has been on the cover of Time twice. Scholars have written Ph.D. theses about his humor; his remarks have appeared in H. L. Mencken's The American Language, as well as in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Whatever awards broadcasting has to offer he has won. He has been impersonated by George Gershwin, made the subject of a Broadway musical, feted in London and Paris. The French government has just invited him to Cannes, where he is to be made Commandeur dans l'Ordre dès Arts et dès Lettres.
A candid portrait of the centurys most memorable comedian traces Groucho Marxs rise to stardom; his famous ego; his relationships with wives, mistresses, and children; and much more. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. *Author: Kanfer, Stefan *Subtitle: The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx *Publication Date: 2001/05/01 *Number of Pages: 465 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75
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This definitive biography of one of the world’s greatest comedians unflinchingly yet affectionately uncovers the man behind the cigar.

Here is the amazing career of the man the world recognized as Groucho: the improbable disasters of the vaudeville years; the Marx Brothers, an act so funny W.C. Fields refused to follow it; the unprecedented Broadway success of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers; the cinematic triumphs of Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera; and the marvelous come-back career as king of the game show hosts with You Bet Your Life. Here, too, is the man himself: a lonely middle child who aspired to be a doctor; a man who sabotaged three marriages; a father alternately indulgent and cruel. Intelligent and thorough, hilarious and sad, Groucho is a spectacular biography of the century’s most influential comedian.
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In this biography of the Marx brothers, film scholar and historian Stephan Kanfer focuses on Groucho, portraying him as the black sheep in the family who, as an adult, alienated himself from his children and became abusive toward his wife. In doing so, Kanfer reveals the Marx family's darker side, which sharply contrasts with their public image.

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New Yorker
"[A] fine, heartrending new biography....Kanfer, a novelist and longtime critic for TIME, and himself a very witty writer, seems to have repressed his own humor in writing this book, partly out of deference--only a fool would trade jokes with a master--but mostly, it seems, because the whole subject now just gets him down. His verdict is that the persona of the hostile comic 'unhappily agreed with the man: living with Groucho Marx had been no pleasure, for his wives, his children--or himself." - Adam Gopnik 4/17/2000

Boston Book Review
"The best thing that can be said for Kanfer's book is that clearly he has carefully read and drawn on the major books on his subject...." - Marc A Mamigonian June 2000

New York Times
"The accretion of small errors in Kanfer's biography and anthology undermines his authority." - Gary Giddins 6/18/00

Book
"Remarkably, Kanfer's might be the first truly objective account of one of the twentieth century's sturdiest characters." - James Sullivan July/August 2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0496
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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