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Ponies & Rainbows: The Life of James Kirkwood
Ponies & Rainbows: The Life of James Kirkwood
by Sean Egan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $31.72
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ponies & rainbows, April 29, 2012
for anyone who enjoyed any of james kirkwood's works and are interested in this talented authors life - this book is for you. within 572 pages, with many photos, mr. kirkwood is under the microscope of author sean egan whose presentation of this somewhat complicated author is totally engrossing from start to finish.
kirkwood,the son of silent film stars james kirkwood sr. and lila lee (whose lives are also detailed within this book) endured a rocky, unusual childhood with incidents that stayed with him thruout his often turbulent life. all are brought forth in fine form by mr.
egan. the author leaves no stone unturned - his insights are indepth, gathered from 7 years of research and many interviews with those who knew and worked closely with the controversial writer. 'character' details from each of his novels & plays in comparison to kirkwood's own personal life are interestingly explained in detail.reviews of his works, his reactions to his critics and his opinionated letters to people he was upset with are all included.
kirkwood's own book, 'diary of a mad playwrite' tells the positive & negative happenings of his tour with his play 'legends' starring mary martin & carol channing. egan nicely details things not found in kirkwood's book.
from kirkwood's very funny sense of humor to his fits of rage - it's all here AND so much more in this long overdue biography. this is mr. egan's first biography & he justly deserves much praise and recognition for this remarkable 7 year effort. a 5 star read for those who enjoy a serious,indepth researched, well written biography. a detailed selected bibliography and index at the end adds to the books appeal.

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