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In His Own Write Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 10, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Classic Edition edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684868075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684868073
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known as singer-songwriter for the legendary Beatles, John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. In 1969, Lennon married Yoko Ono and the two formed the Plastic Ono Band. Lennon was killed by a deranged fan outside his apartment building in New York on December 8, 1980.

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John Lennon conveys his humour and wit throughout the course of the whole book.
Alan Dew
I read this entire compilation (which includes both "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works") in one sitting, I enjoyed it so much!
Lord of Karma
I highly recommend this book to those who love fun, and to those who loved the author himself!
N. Norton

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, this reissue of his two forays into writing circa 1964 and '65 are a great way to celebrate the genius and memory of one of history's most celebrated men of the 20th century. Having both books in one edition is a definite plus (I still have an original 'In His Own Write' since I was a kid, but somewhere lost the second volume), and revisiting his writings that would later become the template for lyrics to such psychedelic classics as 'I Am The Walrus', 'Strawberry Fiends Forever', 'All You Need Is Love', 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite', 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun', 'Come Together' and other songs is a treat above all. Think Lewis Carroll as a rocker on acid in the 60's and you'll have a feel for these works. It's alternately witty, daft, funny, sarcastic, prosaic, confusing, oblique and brilliant. The drawings are a lark as well. If you didn't grow up with the Beatles, you probably won't find much pleasure in these pages, but if you did, it's like returning to OZ to see the Wizard. Long Live Lennon.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read, or tried to read, "In His Own Write" when I was 14, at boarding school in England. Tears rolled down my cheeks! It was impossible to read the stories out loud to any hapless listener without collapsing into hysteria. The book was already out of print then, 1973. An instant collector's item! Greatly coveted! Years later I came across paperbacks of both books, sadly, in the wake of JL's tragic death. They took pride of place in my library. I lost them, or somebody stole them, a few years ago and I miss them more than any other book that's similarly walked from my home, now in the USA. I cannot recommend these works highly enough to anyone who appreciates offbeat humour. 5 stars really aren't enough for material SO brilliant and SO unique. The man and his work were, quite simply, pure genius.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Ballard on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Don't let these other reviewers scare you. You don't need to worship John Lennon to enjoy this book. Even if you don't like the Beatles, it is really great reading. In particluar, I think the poem 'Deaf Ted, Danoota, and Me' shows real talent.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book that I have enjoyed since I purchased it back in the sixties. I quote the book often. The humor is priceless and will last forever. The world lost a gem, it's too bad he didn't live to write more than he did.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book 35 years ago for 2.50, and it is still worth every penny you will pay for it today. The humor and humanity are as barbed and poignant as I remember them, and even moreso.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lesley West on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Anything written by John Lennon is worth having - he was a gem. This is funny and caustic and enlightening, and will adorn any book shelf. I can also highly recommend "A Spaniard In the Works", which is my personal favourite, but hey, why not have both?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mic on February 28, 2011
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These are brilliant books that my cousin introduced me to in high school.
I loved it then, it introduced me to fun for the fun of it with a mad literary bent.
Later, in college, I read Ulysses and that filled in the circle.
From pure imagination to pure recognition flowing together in a single purpose; To say what the hell is going on here????
I got this book to introduce my sons to the joy of confusion, and while the books do not seem quite as crazy as they seemed back then, it's still a brilliant cracking of normalcy and a sad reminder of the great loss of imagination silenced.
Be Here Now
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hartland on November 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lennons two books, first published in the mid 1960's, at the time of the Beatles hayday should be read as part of the whole Beatlemania phenomena. Lennon was trapped in the Beatles, a world he both loved and hated, and one of the ways to express his artistic flair outside of the music was to write books. His books were sharply satirical and humorous, exhibiting an understanding of the world as Lennon saw it. Lennon's writings were primarily influenced by Peter Sellers and the Goons (predecessors of Monty Python), and the stories are sadly hysterical, carrying the same rapier wit and deep universal insight that Lennon expressed a few years later on the lyrics of Sgt. Pepper and the White Album. These 2 volumes really give an insight into the mind of Lennon, the callous and cynical but deeply philosopical and genious-inspired works of a major, influential artist of the 1960's. Lennon wrote and played music in the top supergroup of the 1960's, appeared in films, created obscure artwork, made political and religious statements and wrote classic books. These are those books. Read and reflect on the genius of John Lennon.
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