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    DescriptionHe was the very first icon of the silver screen, and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, even a hundred years on from his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? The director holding the camera as well as acting in front of it? Peter Ackroyd's new biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here, from the glamour of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland. This masterful brief life offers fresh revelations about one of the most familiar faces of the last century and brings the Little Tramp into vivid colour.


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    Title
    Charlie Chaplin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Ackroyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 380 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780701169947
    ISBN 10: 070116994X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    Libri: ENGM1500
    BISAC V2.8: PER010000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    Libri: CHAP5000
    DC23: 791.43028092
    Thema V1.0: DNBF
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    CHATTO & WINDUS
    Publication date
    03 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, Wilkie Collins and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.
    Review quote
    "Compact, engrossing, intelligent" -- John Carey Sunday Times "Chaplin's rise makes an enthralling story, and it's one perfectly suited to Peter Ackroyd's prodigious and idiosyncratic talents... Ackroyd acknowledges Chaplin's many human failings, while at the same time giving us a vivid sense of what made the man a genius" -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett The Telegraph "Ackroyd's analysis of the Tramp... is brilliant and unsparing... Wonderful stuff" -- Simon Callow Guardian "A beautifully judged book, driven by a powerful sense of life's sadness" -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday "Ackroyd has turned in the best account of Chaplin's formation beneath the teetering chimney stacks of Victorian London, fragrant with the odours of dung, smoke and beer... Ackroyd is just the man to puncture the whoppers with which Chaplin embroidered his past, without being too much of a scold" -- Tom Shone New Statesman "Ackroyd brings a novelist's as well as a biographer's eye to the story of a man who "seemed to epitomise the human condition itself, flawed and frail and funny" Independent "Ackroyd digs deeply at the roots of a man who was a century ago the most famous person on the planet... bringing vividly to life the dark Victorian streets of south London" -- Gerard Henderson Daily Express "[A] fine biography... The luxury of a short book about a vast life cannot be overestimated" -- Susie Boyt Financial Times "This biography is like the wedge the Little Tramp liberates from beneath a docked ocean liner in Modern Times: it starts a thing of unstoppable momentum" Monocle "Perceptive and judicious" -- Rupert Christiansen Literary Review