- Publisher: Harper & Brothers; 1ST edition (1922)
- ASIN: B00085PTKI
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My Trip Abroad Hardcover – 1922
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He had love/hate feelings towards all this attention. On one hand, he missed the freedom of being able to travel and walk around unnoticed. By nature he didn't like crowds in general and yearned for some quiet time in the company of a few friends and family. However, on the other hand, he was very appreciative of the love and admiration the fans were giving him. He tried to be as accommodating as possible to them, giving autographs, etc. The amount of mail he received while in London required him to acquire an additional room for his suite and extra help was hired to help get through it all. At one time when he had some downtime, he even pitched in and helped for awhile. His goal was to make sure everyone of them got answered even if he had to take some back to Los Angeles with him. A lot of the letters he received, though, were from people wanting money or for an opportunity in the movies. Others offered him quiet sanctuary away from the crowds if he wants to stay with them or at their inn, etc. He quoted some of them in this book. He seemed to find these letters entertaining and full of drama, though. They all would at least receive a reply.
Despite the crowds, though, he does manage to escape and go unrecognized in his old neighborhood. However, when he was recognized, all of them were much more respectful than the previous crowds and gave him his space. One woman knew him. She was a single mom now, and he gave her money to help with her expenses, even though she didn't request it. I think it was because he knew the struggles his own mother endured as she raised 2 boys on her own.
He also tried to help others in need when he saw a need, he visited a hospital for soldiers who were greatly injured during the war, etc.
He also, of course, met a lot of important artists, writers, politicians, nobility, actors and actresses, etc. However, he didn't forget his roots and mingled when he could with regular people. He even escaped from 1st class on the ship and spent time with people in steerage when he was tired of the snobbishness he encountered in 1st class.
Germany was an experience for him because at the time hardly anyone had seen his pictures so the only ones who recognized him were American, English, and French tourist and residents. The Germans were perplexed by it all. He had mixed feelings about this. He finally could go around unrecognized, but then at the same time missed the crowds. Again, love/hate feelings for the crowds.
With him being a film maker, he knew how to keep people's interest; so this autobiography keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. What a fascinating read!