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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469285142
- ISBN-13: 978-1469285146
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 217 customer reviews
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As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
Before becoming a full-time writer, Anne Serling was an early childhood teacher with a bachelor of arts degree in education from Elmira College. She serves on the board of directors of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation and is involved with the Rod Serling School of the Arts “Fifth Dimension” program. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
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Anne Serling's book is filled with the wit, wisdom and humor of her father, both from his TV and movie scripts, and from family anecdotes and stories that she shares. We also get a very close and detailed look at his childhood and adolescence, his WWII service as a paratrooper, his college years at Antioch College, where he met his wife, Carol. And then his rapid rise into the top tier of TV and film writers. I found myself constantly dog-earing pages of Serling sayings and bits and pieces from his hundreds of scripts. But I've decided not to share them here. Because, if you were a fan of The Twilight Zone or Night Gallery, as I was, then you know just how effective he was as a dramatist.
Serling was only fifty when he died of heart problems, but man, did he pack a lot of living into those fifty years. A workaholic of sorts, he left a lasting legacy - in all those TV shows and screenplays, and also, I suspect, in the students he taught at various colleges later in his career.
But I think what affected me the most deeply was Anne's own story of the devastating grief and sense of loss she felt at losing her father. She was just twenty when he died, and it took her years to get over it - if indeed you ever do get over that kind of personal loss. The final chapters are wrenchingly sad, and will most certainly hit home with anyone who has lost a beloved parent, whether they were twenty or seventy when it happened. I was sixty-nine when my mother died, at 96. I wept at reading of Anne's difficulties in coping with this grievous loss. It's never easy.
Serling bore scars, both physical and psychological, from the war, and I thought often of the many books, both fiction and memoir, currently coming out of today's wars as I read of his early attempts at writing, especially when he said -
"I was bitter about everything and at loose ends when I got out of the service. I think I turned to writing to get it off my chest ... Shrapnel wounds and mangled, bullet ridden bodies are not the only casualties of war. There are casualties of the mind. Every war produces a backwash, a residue of pain and grief."
AS I KNEW HIM is, quite simply, a beautiful book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Bravo, Ms. Serling. Your dad would be so proud.
- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
The book is much more about the man than about the screenplays he wrote. Since the author was his daughter, that was certainly to be expected. And I thought it was nice to be able to know more about the man who presented that Twilight Zone episode each week. Still, the book weaves in numerous references to his screenplays and select Twilight Zone episodes (no doubt because she understood that most readers only knew of him through the stories he wrote). I was especially interested to learn his motivation for the Twilight Zone series – to write the kind of morality-oriented stories he wanted to write while still being able to avoid a constant battle with the many forms of network censorship.