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This is an auction for GIELGUD: A THEATRICAL LIFE 1904-2000, by Jonathan Croall.

"Such a major force in British and American theatre deserves an imposing biography, and he receives one in Croall's exactingly researched work, based on full access to Gielgud's papers, letters, and books - and showing it. Witty and well-written as well as well-researched, Croall's fine and complete portrait of the man and his endearing charm often reads more like a novel than like nonfiction."
- Booklist (US)

"When Sir John Gielgud died at the age of 96, he left a legacy that included almost 80 years as an actor/director/producer. He worked in film, radio, and TV, but most agree that the theatre was his life. Despite being born with a "theatrical spoon in his mouth" (his great-aunt was the famed actress Ellen Terry), Gielgud had to struggle. He was an unlikely matinee idol, but he eventually emerged as a popular interpreter of Shakespeare and influenced many of the "greats," especially Laurence Olivier. However, despite Gielgud's theatrical achievements, it would be over 60 years before he was "discovered" by mainstream audiences in the film 'Arthur'. This is a painstakingly researched biography, and the first of several recent British efforts to be published in the United States. It's not yet clear whether or not this will be the definitive work, but it is far-reaching (Croall interviewed over 100 Gielgud friends and colleagues) and complete and captures the dichotomy that was John Gielgud. Recommended."

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 2000.

579 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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