A Life in Letters A remarkable self portrait by one of the greatest actors of the th century through his frank mesmerizing and intimate letters which are at once gloriously appallingly and hilariously truthful

  • Title: A Life in Letters
  • Author: John Gielgud Richard Mangan
  • ISBN: 9781559707558
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • A remarkable self portrait by one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, through his frank, mesmerizing, and intimate letters, which are at once gloriously, appallingly, and hilariously truthful.

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    1. A really interesting theatrical document, because Gielgud's life was so LONG and his basic sense of what acting should be was for all intents and purposes a 19th century one, which made his ability to reinvent himself late in life (ARTHUR and so on) something of a pleasant surprise, to him as well as to audiences. He was a voluminous correspondent - everybody was in those days - and the letters are much as you’d expect: witty, articulate, catty, full of delicious dish about his contemporaries, [...]

    2. Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi-------------------------------------------------------------John Gielgud wrote letters almost every day of his adult life. Whether at home in London and later in Buckinghamshire, or acting abroad or on location, he delighted in sitting down each morning and recounting what had been going on and what he felt about events around him. He was still writing just a few days before his death aged 96 in May 2000. His letters are treasured by the recipients and the problem fo [...]

    3. These aren't the most revelatory collection of letters I've ever read. There's not a great deal of 'gossip, news or scandal' contained within the covers (unlike, for example, Philip Larkin's letters) although it's clear from the book that Gielgud did like to visit the odd 'blue cinema' and go cruising on holiday. Other than that it's just really interesting to see the correspondence between the acting greats of that era. We have letters here to Richardson, Olivier, Ashcroft and a whole raft of o [...]

    4. A Visit to 'How It Was' via lettersI liked reading this (though I didn't finish it--as I lost interest half way through) because it took me to a time when people had to write letters. Sir John Gielgud was a famous ACTOR.cially on the London State initiallyd it's amazing to read about all of the other actors, friends and family that crossed his paths. It's a reminder that over timea Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie will be nothing but a distant memory and no one in 100 years will really know of them a [...]

    5. A look inside the daily life of the great actor– as only personal letters may provide.Mr. Gielgud, funny, erudite, frequently naughty and filled with gossip– theatrical and otherwise– falls prey as age creeps in taking friends and foes alike, to the sadness of remaining, alone, bearing witness to the utter decay of all he had known. My volume– the First U.S. Edition– has a funny typo on both the dust jacket spine and the book spine: “Lettters.” Humorous that the proofreaders added [...]

    6. Wonderful collection of correspondence spanning 87 years (1912-1999). Delightful, amusing, poignant, a bit embarrassing in spots (he could be the typical English snob at times), insightful, and then not so. Interesting to read his opinions of the theater, his gossip about other actors and personalities, and his experience as a gay man in the early-mid 20th century.

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