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A Life Is A Life, aren't you luckeeeeee? Paperback – December 14, 2012


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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481224670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481224673
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Mall has been active in theater since childhood, received his B.A. in Dramatic Arts at U. Iowa, M.A. in Drama, specializing in costuming from U. Bristol, England. He holds an MCPSW from U. MD. and continues to work in theater and mental health fields. He has taught at several colleges and universities and continues part time work in his retirement. He has a background in sales, work as clinical coordinator in community mental health and work in psychiatric hospitals.

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Thomas Mall has been active in theater from childhood in Community Theater, radio, summer stock at Peninsula Players, Fish Creek, WI and Pasadena Playhouse before garnering a B.A. in Speech & Dramatic Arts from the U. Iowa. At U. Bristol, England he worked with the Old Vic Theater Trust designing for the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and received his M.A. in Drama specializing in Theater Costume Design. His research on the costumes in the Commedia dell' Arte necessitated work at European Museums, private collections to complete his dissertation of primary research in the field. Besides heading theater costume departments, he continued academic work receiving an MCPSW from the U. Maryhland. Combining his theater experience with psychiatric social work, Mr. Mall developed a group therapy program of Sensory Stimulation for the mentally challenged that he used in nursing homes and government programs serving clients with mental and physical challenges. He continues to work in theater and with psychiatric clients while retired.

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By Helen on March 20, 2013
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Book arrived promptly and is very readable. His life journey is so interesting to learn how his interest in costume design evolved.
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Not satisfied with just being an actor, Thomas Mall discovered his natural ability for being a theatrical costume designer. From universities in the USA he traveled to Bristol University to garner an M.A. degree in classical Commedia dell; Arte costume research.
He writes with wit, wisdom, and scholarly determination. His research for the classic took him to libraries and archives on the Continent where he discovered designs that are only now documented in Life is a Life with illustrations.
He also takes us through UK's capers in "gaydom", introduces us to famous actors, rich landowners, and just pure simple folks. He also writes turn-the page tell-all about his mentor in design, the renown eccentric Iris Brooke.
How valuable his book is (at times a confessional of his self-identity) is best written by Dr. Glynne Wickham who created the Bristol University Drama Department. I quote from Dr. Wickham's estimate of Mall's extraordinary ability:
"Mr. Thomas Edward Mall has been working in the Department since October 1962
under the supervision of Ms Iris Brooke. He has been preparing a dissertation for the
degree of M.A. under the title of "The Costumes and Habits of three Commedia dell'
Arte Characters from 1550-1650: Pantaloon, Capitano, and Doctorre and is due to
submit it to the Examiners in January 1965.
Notwithstanding the time spent on his thesis both in English and continental libraries,
Mr. Mall has devoted considerable time and energy to work in costume. He is a designer with real feeling both for style and meterials. He is not afraid to experiment and has archived some remarkable results in hand-printing of textiles.
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By juliana howard on January 19, 2013
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This book is a rousing romp, as a young man comes of age in the early to mid 1960's in the world of the theatre. Mr. Mall is pursuing a master's degree in costume design at the University of Bristol, but the story is much more. It examines his growing recognition of his sexual identity and ability to finally accept it, at a time when most gay people remained safely in the closet. How the world has changed since those difficult times. Young gay and lesbian people today have no idea what it was like for those who came before them and blazed the trail. The book is both entertaining and historical, as the writer wends his way through England, academia and life in those years in both Britain and America. Kudos to Mr. Mall for telling it like it was, as well as giving us insight into the life of a student at Bristol who lived those years to the fullest. It is both bold and fun, as well as educational. The reader will not be disappointed.
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What a fun book to read for anyone, but for a theatre aficionado who loves the Brits, its a must! Mr. Mall is a charming story teller, especially so when its describing his own tale of a boy from Green Bay Wisconsin whose love of theatre finds his way to merry old England and an apprenticeship with one of the greatest costume designers of our era. He simultaneously takes us on the journey of sexual identity which is elegantly and lovingly handled. Included are some wonderful photos from his collection of memories. It reads fast and the reader will come away from it with new knowledge about theatre AND human nature.
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