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Preston Sturges Hardcover – September 1, 1990


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671679295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671679293
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It can be argued that the films Preston Sturges wrote and directed from 1940 through 1944 (including Sullivan's Travels and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek ) constitute the best comedies in the history of film; certainly they are the best of the 1940s. Sturges died largely forgotten and in greatly reduced circumstances in 1959. His unfinished autobiography and other private papers have been adapted and edited by his widow for this book. Parts of the material have previously appeared in other biographies, and film fans will be initially disappointed to find that the movies are mentioned only in rather cursory fashion in the last quarter of this work. More than a film biography, however, this is valuable as an account of life among the rich bohemian set in the early part of this century. As in Sturges's films, the tone here is simultaneously cynical and warm. The same talent that made most of his films brilliant makes this an excellent book.
-John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I am a big fan of Sturges' movies and very much enjoyed this book. However, be advised that his film career is not discussed in depth. You'll get very few details on the making of his films, no juicy gossip about the actors who were in them and virtually nothing about his battles with the censors. Instead, you will get wonderful recollections of his childhood and early manhood as the privileged child of prosperous parents, growing up in both Europe and America in the days before World War I. His mother was best friends with Isadora Duncan and even supplied the scarf that killed the famed dancer. He shared a chaste bedroom for one night with a teen-aged Theda Bara. He met some of the greatest artists of the early 20th Century and puts down his recollections in a clear and very pleasant style. You'll see a bit of how his experiences found their way into some of his movies, but his Hollywood years are the least of this memoir. Even so, it just left me wanting more rather than leaving me disappointed; that's how entertaining it is. I rarely give five stars, but this book was quite fun to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Doug Evans on October 10, 2013
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the book is as good as his movies so read the book, you'll love it and you will not regreat it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sedge on August 13, 2013
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I found the book very much like Preston's movies...clever, and leaving you wanting for more. Sandy did a great job editing.
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