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Will There Really Be a Morning? Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1973


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Books; Reissue edition (June 15, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440192927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440192923
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book held my attention from beginning to end.
Katie OShannon
Warning: You will not be able to stop reading once you start this book.
COREY HARDING
This book tells of her unbelievable and unimaginable experiences.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Douglas King VINE VOICE on October 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is not only my favorite autobiography, but it's also one of my favorite books of any genre. Francis Farmer, the infamous movie star who ended up institutionalized, was a tortured woman. This autobiography, which she wrote shortly before her death, is an extremely well-written, brutally honest, and mostly unflattering self-portrait. She tells of her relationship with her controlling and insane mother (who committed her), her unintentional rise to fame in Hollywood (she wanted to be a theater actress, and found Hollywood mostly empty), her emotional breakdowns, run-ins with the law, drinking problems, loveless marriages, and her time spent in a horrific state mental institution. Despite it all, Francis Farmer doesn't seem to feel a lot of self-pity, and she admirably takes responsibility for much of what happened to her. What really makes the book touching is Francis' description of what ultimately saved her: her friendship with Jean Radcliffe (who published the book after Francis died). Toward the end of her life Francis was able to find a lot of love and happiness, mostly due to the unconditional support she received from Jean and her family. This makes the book not only a juicy tale of a fallen Hollywood star and a disturbing memoir of a mental hospital, but an ultimately inspiring story about the healing power of love and friendship.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tom on September 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're looking for a book that will keep you interested from cover to cover, never able to put it down, this is the book for you! This is the autobiography of movie star, Frances Farmer, and her demise. It tells of her nightmarish mother (I found myself wanting to hurt her mother more than Frances herself wanted to), her tirades and outlandish temper, her many terrible years in a pit hole of mental institution where she was mistreated and abused and treated like an animal (literally), her struggle with drug and alcohol abuse and her experience with cancer. Whew! All in one book! There were times when I had to divert my eyes (which made it difficult to read) or set it down because I was ready to slap her mother around and my blood pressure was rising.
The most incredible thing about this story is, I believe, that Frances was fair. By that I mean that she told the story as it was and didn't make herself out to be completely blameless or less "violent" than she was. She told about her outbursts and her stupid behavior made from no-thought decisions. She never said, "Poor me," without adding something more justifiable to the pot.
The reading is incredibly easy. Her style (and that of the one who helped her write it) is very smooth and it seems as though everything she has to say is written in an interest-grabbing way.
So, if you want a good, heart-felt, blood stirring read, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It truly is one of the best I've been lucky enough to find. :o)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Drayton on June 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is a definite fact that this book was not written by Frances Farmer at all, but by Jean Ratcliffe, whose close relationship with Farmer was chronicled in the final chapters of this book. For legal reasons subsequent pressings altered the subtitle from "an autobiography by frances farmer" to an "autobiography of frances farmer." It's very disappointing that there really is no definitive biography by or about Farmer. I was deeply moved & horrified every time I read this book, but since Farmer isn't the author, it gives credibility to the many disputes that have arisen regarding the book's veracity. The same can be said about "Shadowlands," on which the 1982 film "Frances" is based. Farmer's sister wrote a biography of Frances entitled "Look Back in Love," but she had as much of an agenda as Ratcliffe may have had, only hers was to exonerate the Farmer family from the beating they'd taken in "Morning" & "Shadowland." Keep this in mind when you read the book(s). Frances Farmer's life is ripe for authentic documentation. This just isn't it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By collegegirl on October 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very important work as it documents the abuses of the mental health industry in America during the time Frances Farmer stayed in a psyciatric institution in the 1940's. It is frightening as Frances tells us that anybody can declare someone is insane, and this person could be brought before an unsympathetic judge and sent to an insane asylum, and once you are declared mentally incompetent, all your civil rights are stripped from you, and you have no say so in the matter. Reading Frances's book, you see that perhaps she wasnt really insane but tired from overwork & in need of rest. By reading this book you will also be shocked of the methods of controlling the mentally ill at that time; endless shock treatments, hydrotherapy, insulin therapy - and you sometimes wonder who the insane people are, Frances or the people who are caring for her. A book like this is important because it chronicles how such a thing could have happened to a person, especially a person like Frances who was gifted & intelligent & had everything going for her. Thankfully, treatment of the mentally ill has much improved since then, but I still hear people say that the mentally ill homeless should be locked up. After reading this book you would have second thoughts about saying such a thing.
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