Fair. Ex-Library. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Edge and corner wear; scuffed and scratched; small piece missing from the upper corner of the front of the wrapper; spine is creased; shelf worn; ex-library with the usual library markings; overall still a nice used copy! Black and white pictorial wrapper with red and black lettering. 249 historical and informative pages nicely enhanced by black and white photographs and illustrations! "One of the leading film critics of our time here provides a revealing adventure into the reality of a world-famous genius. Parker Tyler shows in these pages how Chaplin's film impersonations, entire from the Little Tramp and the Great Dictator to Verdoux, Calvero and 'the King in New York, ' demonstrate the existence of multiple egos in the man Chaplin that are truer, more definitive than the simplified public image presented in other works, including Chaplin's autobiography published in 1964......."
Although I did not have the oppurtunity to read the entire book, I was impressed with the candid and original writing style of the author, Parker Tyler. He has managed to beautifully fuse together Chaplin's life with his work. In reality the two were actually interwoven. I saw the movie, Chaplin, where Robert Downey Jr. gave an exceptional performance, which caused me to rediscover Chaplin, and eventually obtain this book. It is worth reading, and keeping in your personal library.
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