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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Star (January 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595297161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595297160
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning writer Craig Hamrick has conducted extensive research on the history of television and theater and interviewed dozens of classic TV stars. His other books include The Dark Shadows Collectibles Book. He lives in New York City.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Legreid on November 24, 2008
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One does not need to be a fan of either Dark Shadows or All My Children, the two shows graced by the talents of Louis Edmonds to be entertained by this well writen biography. It is a lively account of an actor whose talents were sadly ignored by the powers to be, to the benefit of the aforementioned soap operas, perhaps, but to the loss of more mainstream television and movies. A New Yorker by inclination, Louis Edmonds' life provides a window into life in New York City during the 1950s into the 1980s, always a delight for a social historian. And as a study of a gay male actor, this book provides insight as well as compassion. Perhaps no one will ever accuse Craig Hamrick of being a scholarly scribe but then who wants to wade through reams of dry prose, no, indeed, Hamrick is an easy to read scribe whose style is comforting & fun, a delightful read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad on April 16, 2012
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This was an amazing book. It really was an inside look at the life and times of the great Louis Edmonds. As an almost life time fan of Dark Shadows, I am always looking for anything associated with the show. I must say that this book was a real treat. It was great that not only was I able to get some inside scoop on some Dark Shadows, but also a look into Louis other achievements. For instance, I never knew that he was a singer or stage actor. Again, I really enjoyed all the detail that this book touched on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Fencl on September 2, 2013
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I was truly looking forward to this book, but its execution is wooden and dull. The book is padded with unnecessary, plodding descriptions of the plot of nearly each and every play in which Mr. Edmonds appeared, and with 40 pages of blurbs about the careers and travails of each and every person mentioned in the book who is NOT Louis Edmonds. Without the padding, the book would no doubt be less than 100 pages. It's disappointing, given the author's friendship with Mr. Edmonds, that there is no deeper insight into the man's life and character. As a Dark Shadows fan, I also thought Mr. Hamrick gave the show short shrift, with only two dedicated chapters. I have Mr. Hamrick's excellent "Barnabas & Company," (Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows) which I highly recommend. But if you want to know more about Louis Edmonds, watch the bonus interviews in the Dark Shadows box set instead.(Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Deluxe Edition))
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rex on May 30, 2013
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I just finished "Big Lou" and I must say I was disappointed in the book. The author rambles about Louis Edmonds' career and puts in a lot of information about other actors and plots of plays that were not relevant to Mr. Edmonds' life and story. The kindle version was terrible; lots of unfinished sentences and very abnormal punctuation. Twenty percent of the book at the end was about fellow actors, which seemed very irrelevant to me. I would not recommend this book to anyone but a dedicated Louis Edmonds fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Howarth on August 30, 2013
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Could have included more life details and less story lines from productions that Lou starred in. Would have enjoyed pictures of The Rookery.
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