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Elvis and Gladys Hardcover – June, 1985
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“The most fine-grained Elvis bio ever . . . thoughtful and truth-telling.”
“This is the Elvis bio that gets behind the hype and the myth. Nobody ever wrote better about the making of Elvis than Elaine Dundy.”
―New York Daily News--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A intimate story of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and his adoring mother --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Dundy doesn't use punctuation, has continuing fragmented and run-on sentences, skips all over the place...some sentences don't even make sense! One has to wonder if she has ever written before and if she took Engish classes in school.
Sorry, it is just SO FRUSTRATING. Yet, even tho she surmises a lot, she does tell an interesting story - when you can understand what in the world she is trying to say. Oh my - just frustrating!! I'll volunteer to be her Editor if she doesn't have one!
his father Vernon borrowed $180 from the landowner to build the house Elvis was born in. five years later in 1938 (when Elvis was 3), with the loan still not fully repaid, the landowner evicted the Presleys.
as Elvis himself said of their leaving Tupelo for Memphis in 1948, "We were broke man -- broke."
even in Memphis, where WWII had brought better times, the Presleys would often do odd jobs for neighboring black families, just to have enough to eat.
as can be seen from school photos taken at the time, though his classmates had regular clothes for that period, "Elvis's first 'jump suit' was a pair of overalls."
but, as his fifth grade teacher (a niece of the landowner who had evicted the Presleys) later said, "There is something nice about everyone. There is everything nice about Elvis."
Hill and Range was the music publishing company that Elvis did business with from age 20 until his death at age 42. its owner, Jean Aberbach, stated without qualification, "Elvis was the finest human being I've ever met."
the thrust of this excellent book by Elaine Dundy (who died last year) is that no matter how poor they were, Gladys was determined to raise Elvis to be the finest human being anyone who ever met him had ever met.
"Elvis never forgot his raisin'." (Cousin Annie Presley)
Amazon was accurate about the book's condition, and it arrived within a few days, not weeks.