Boy, time flies when you don’t blog.
Anyway, The Guardian posted a super list of 2015 literary highlights, two of which may be of interest to you, the classic Hollywood fan. I detail them below. Because I love you.
“Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd (Chatto & Windus). A new life of the eccentric director, from his isolated childhood to his meteoric career.”
Published May 26, 2015 – and I just realized I have his Charlie Chaplin book sitting in my Kindle
“Erotic Vagrancy by Roger Lewis (Quercus). Burton, Taylor and the age of showbiz excess.”
Elsewhere on the Guardian website I found this: “Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were a Sixties supercharged couple in an era of supercharged couples. As a pairing they were fantasy figures, impossibly desirable. Liz supple and soft, in perfumes and furs – yet with something demonic and lethal about her. Dick, in turn, with his ravaged, handsome face, looked as though lit by silver moonlight – poised to turn into a wolf. Roger Lewis uses this glamorous and damaged pair as the starting point to tell the story of an age of excess: the freaks and groupies, the private jets and jewels and the yachts sailing in an azure sea; the magnificent bad taste and greed. It is about the clash of worlds: the filth and decay of South Wales and the grandeur and elegance of Old Hollywood; the fantasies we have about film stars and the fantasies the Burtons had about each other.”
OK, that sounds awesome. It’s listed on the publisher’s site as having a June 2015 release date, but that’s for the UK and I can’t find any confirmed date for the US so keep your eyes open.