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Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges: His Life in His Words Paperback – September 15, 1991
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The style of the narrative is almost as if we are intruding in on Preston's mumbling about his life. I have to wonder how much of this is his widow's fault (close to 30 years his junior and fourth to hold that honor) , the one who allegedly edited it many years after his untimely death.
The first half of the book is more about his mother than himself and maybe she did have the more interesting life being a world traveler and close friend of Isadora Duncan.
By Preston's own admission, he did not have the dedication to being a true Hollywood player and was probably overpaid for his talent. Hey, every excellent writer has at least 5 or 6 good stories in him. The trouble was he tried to keep pushing the lousy ones as well.
He will be remembered for a handful of great movies with strong performances by mostly A-minus list performers (other than Barbara Stanwyck).
I much prefer Preston Sturges on Preston Sturges to James Curtis's biography, Between Flops, in which Sturges comes off as selfish, cantakerous and foolish. Sturges may have been his own worst enemy at times, but Curtis neglects to highlight his many gifts. Fortunately, Preston Sturges makes up for it in this memoir.
What you discover here is that Sturges, while a gifted writer and director, was something of a strange chap. His early life, while providing him many of the anecdotes that he would later incorporate into his movies, weren't necessarily guiding him to the silver screen. By tricks of simple fate, Sturges avoided a career as a perfumer, a broker, and an inventor. And, before Hollywood, there was a chance that he would have stayed a playwright on Broadway. For a man with the drive for success and money, though, no place but Hollywood in those years had quite the means to deliver the goods.
There's a few pictures to round out the book and a nice bibliography. As a starting point to discovering more about Sturges' work, this is a great book. About that work, though, one must look elsewhere.