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Elvis and Gladys (Southern Icons Series) Paperback – May 26, 2004
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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.”
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The reader closes the book with one thought about Gladys (and Vernon) and that is that these two parents loved their son more than life itself and that they simply did the best they could. They were handicapped from the beginning by poverty, ignorance, and also quite possibly genetic pre-dispositions towards depression, obsessive/compulsive disorders, and addictions. It was not uncommon throughout the 19th century and into the 20th that first cousins would marry and have children. The inter-marriages within the Smith and Presley families were pervasive and no doubt exacerbated genetic tendencies.
Gladys' relationship to Elvis was very close in that she put his needs above everything else in her life. She was the only person who could have ever "saved" Elvis from his excesses. But unfortunately, she succumbed to her own drinking habits early on. Once she was gone, his life spiraled out of control.
Elaine Dundy leaves the question unanswered: If Elvis had such a close relationship with Gladys, why wasn't he ever able to form an equally enduring and intimate relationship with a lover? The answer comes from the reader's personal conclusion that the mother-son relationship was close to the point of crippling to Elvis.Read more ›
The life of Gladys and her influence on Elvis are well documented. I've read several Elvis books, and none provides a better description. Gladys had her own dreams of stardom which filtered through to Elvis.
The author does a thorough, excellent job of researching and developing her own independent conclusions. For the most part, her logic rings true. In a very few instances, she may infer too much.
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A must have for Elvis fans. Well written book about Elvis and his mamma, such a loving relationship between mother and son. I highly recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Jeannette Godin
He loved his Mom and we all should have love for our parents as he did. I am so sorry she worried herself to death over her son. She would have loved Cilli and little Lisa. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elaine Anderson
Have to agree with other reviewers that this is a terrific book, a serious well researched biography. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Review Maven
I enjoyed reading about elvis and his mama, however there was way too much talk about things in this book that didnt pertain to them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book of the lives of two amazing people and those around them, as Elvis grew up and became
the star that he was destined to be. Highly reocmmend this book. Read more