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Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales. Janet Maslin, "New York Times" Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject. "Wall Street Journal" The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse s innumerable including "Cabaret," "Pippin," "All That Jazz," and "Chicago," one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites. To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, "Fosse" is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywood s most complex and dynamic icons. Spellbinding. "Entertainment Weekly" Impeccably researched. "Vanity Fair" An NPR Best Book of the Year"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 725 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 50mm | 559.99g
  • Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0544334612
  • 9780544334618
  • 482,605

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Advance praise for FOSSE "Scintillating . . . There's an enormous amount of scholarship here, yet the story never drags, so adroitly does [Wasson] blend his material into a fluent narrative around evocative scenes where character emerges novelistically." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Here's something you can't say about many celebrity biographies: at nearly 750 pages, it feels like it ends too soon . . . A pure joy to read, cover to cover." - Booklist "Lushly researched . . . [Wasson] has amassed a mountain of data about Fosse but has sculpted it into something moving and memorable. . . . Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait." - Kirkus (starred review) "Deep inside this comprehensive study, Sam Wasson uses a phrase to describe the movie Cabaret : 'the bejeweling of horror.' Bob Fosse's whole life was something like that, a man who created magnificent, bejeweled art at personal cost. It's an American story, powerfully told." - Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost "I tore through this masterful biography, loving it from beginning to end. Wasson writes with a verve ideally tuned to his subject, sparkling with wit and fresh insight. . . . This is a life lived large - and dangerously - amid cultural currents that propelled and inspired Fosse as a dancer, choreographer, and director. In Fosse , Sam Wasson energetically and authoritatively brings it all into sharp focus, with uncanny depth and perception." - Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen Praise for 5TH AVENUE, 5 A.M. New York Times bestseller "Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian ... [ Fifth Avenue, 5 AM ] is as melancholy and glittering as Capote's story of Holly Golightly." - The New Yorker "So smart and entertaining it should come with its own popcorn." - People "A fascination with fascination is one way of describing Wasson's interest in a film that not only captures the sedate elegance of a New York long gone, but that continues to entrance as a love story, a style manifesto, and a way to live." - New York Magazine "Crammed with irresistible tidbits ... [Wasson's] book winds up as well-tailored as the kind of little black dress that Breakfast at Tiffany's made famous." - Janet Maslin, New York Times " Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. offers lots of savory tidbits [from the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's ]. Mr. Wasson brings a lively and impudent approach to his subject." - Wall Street Journalshow more