Gielgud's Letters

Gielgud's Letters : John Gielgud in His Own Words

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John Gielgud wrote letters almost every day of his adult life. Whether at home in London and later in Buckinghamshire, or acting abroad or on location, he delighted in sitting down each morning and recounting what had been going on and what he felt about events around him. He was still writing just a few days before his death aged 96 in May 2000. His letters are treasured by the recipients and the problem for the editor has been in selection. He wrote in an increasingly idiosyncratic hand and remarked that even he needed a magnifying glass at times to see what he had actually written. Through the letters, which begin with those to his mother, we meet a man who delights in gossip, in describing what he sees and experiences. Here for the first time - and not previously available to biographers - are Gielgud's love letters. They show that he was not shy is expressing the intimacies of personal relationships. Gielgud had a reputation for speaking his mind, and this is evident as he writes about his contemporaries, including the great actors of period: Olivier, Richardson, Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans and the like. Here is great letter-writing before the age of e-mail.
GIELGUD'S LETTERS are a revelation - full of inside information and gossip.
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  • CD-Audio
  • 122 x 142 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752868675
  • 9780752868677

About Sir John Gielgud

Richard Mangan edited John Gielgud's Notes From The Gods (Nick Hern Books, 1994). He is curator of the Mander and Mitchenson Theatre Collection at Greenwich, London. One of the greatest 20th century British actors, born in 1904, died in 2000. Editor Richard Mangan is administrator of the Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection at Greenwich. In 1994, he edited John Gielgud's Notes From The Gods. Derek Jacobi is one of our most distinguished contemporary actors, having made his name with commanding performances on TV, stage and screen, memorably in the BBC TV series I, Claudius. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role of Alan Turing in the TV series Breaking the Code. Other notable TV work includes the series Cadfael. His film work ranges from The Day of the Jackal to Gladiator and Gosford Park. He has read several audio books for Orion, including Verses of the Poets Laureate and The Book of Dead Days for children. He was knighted in 1992.
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