The best autobiography ever written by an actor An astonishing work Chicago TribuneChaplins heartfelt and hilarious autobiography tells the story of his childhood, the challenge of identifying and perfecting his talent, his subsequent film career and worldwide celebrity In this, one of the very first celebrity memoirs, Chaplin displays all the charms, peculiarities and deeply held beliefs that made him such an endearing and lasting character.Re issued as part of Melville Houses Neversink Library,My Autobiographyoffers dedicated Chaplin fans and casual admirers alike an astonishing glimpse into the the heart and the mind of Hollywoods original genius maverick.Take this unforgettable journey with the man George Bernard Shaw called the only genius to come out of the movie industry as he moves from his impoverished South London childhood to the heights of Hollywood wealth and fame from the McCarthy era investigations to his founding of United Artists to his reverse migration back to Europe,My Autobiographyis a reading experience not to be missed....
|Title||:||My Autobiography (Neversink)|
|Publisher||:||Melville House Reprint edition December 26, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||528 pages|
|File Size||:||782 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
My Autobiography (Neversink) Reviews
What a wonderful book! I believe it was the first book to clarify his birth place (Walworth London England) and that Charles Spencer Chaplin was his real name. There were crazy rumors that he was born in France or that he was Jewish and that he actually had an outlandish foreign name. I think that this book is vital for anyone who likes Charlie Chaplin, or just old Hollywood in general. After all Chaplin was the most famous man on earth in the early 1900's. I also think that this book is sorely underrated, most likely because there are so many hundreds of books written about him, that his autobiography seems like just a minor step. But what's better than hearing his own account, own words and thoughts about his own life? No one knows him better than himself, and this book is definitely vital for any Chaplin lover.
After seeing the movie Chaplin (which was a superb movie), I decided to purchase this autobiography of Charlie Chaplin. Before I purchased this book, I had considered other books about Charlie Chaplin but they were not written by Charlie Chaplin. This book is warm and honest and I enjoyed it so much, it was hard to put it down.
Fascinating to learn about his childhood. Although his childhood takes up slightly more than one third of the book I could not put the book down. He explains his process for writing, directing, producing, composing, etc.. A little too much name dropping, but I guess he had the right to be so proud of keeping company with Einstein, Churchill, Kings, etc. I now realize that many classic comedy routines actually came from Chaplin, for example the candy assembly line where Lucy couldn't keep up. That came from Chaplin. In all an amazing read.
How could it not be compelling to learn what a world-renowned genius entertainer has to say about himself? One does not need to take every word at face value in order to appreciate Chaplin's vivid writing and extraordinary rags to riches story - and well-deserved riches they were. On finishing the book I immediately read the Wicki biography and while there are many ugly details to his life, he was candid enough in his autobiography and was wise not to stuff it with every unpleasant incident and frenetic headline.
A marvellous collection of creativity's snapshots that are strung with mother's love, brother's coexistence and theatre of fame. Brushing shoulders with the high and mighty in the world of creativity and politics, Charlie's biography has a unique narration in many ways. It is not structured as that of a pedantic form. It is boisterous burlesque, witty, with an eye to the details of colour, posture and poise of emotion in beings. The author catches the inhuman with the throat with his faith in love of humane humanity against bestiality with faith in love of communion. A must read this long threaded nuggets that are both pearls of wisdom and crackle of or about individuals. A spark inkling mix of erudition, insight, humour, perception but not too personal bio data, sex, and techniques of how he arrived and executed his films that transformed him from rags to riches, from no existence to fame. The story of idea translating into films not a cup of tea you may get.
Chaplin's autobiography is one of the most powerful I've ever read. Starting in almost indescribable poverty in London, his childhood was comparable to something out of a Dickens novel. Chaplin begins in show business as a child performer from a family struggling on the fringe of England's vaudeville circuit. His arrival in America at the birth of the film industry and his subsequent success both as an artist and a business man are just remarkable given his humble beginnings. Along the way he befriends and meets a veritable who's who of early 20th century celebrities from all walks of life and his descriptions of his vast circle of friends and acquaintances are one of the highlights of this book. These include actors, politicians, business people and scientists. ( Fairbanks, Pickford, Churchill, Hoover, Hearst, Einstein, etc.. etc.)
Vine producer Marcus Johns is quoted in a recent The New Yorker magazine saying, "Everyone looks at us like these pioneers, like we know exactly what we're doing. We have no idea what we're doing." One hundred years ago, Charlie Chaplin sat down with his boss Mack Sennett, director/producer at the movie studio famous for The Keystone Cops. According to Chaplin, Sennett's method of working was, "We have no scenario. We get an idea, then follow the natural sequence of events." These strikingly similar remarks from pioneering creators in silent films and short-form Vine, remind us how creativity demands us to be continually open-ended, resourceful, spontaneous and daring. Thanks Charlie!