Gielgud's Letters

Gielgud's Letters : John Gielgud in His Own Words

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'In this comprehensive volume, we see the actor in a range of roles: loving son, wicked gossip, star actor, indecisive director, anguished lover, brilliant anecdotist...This splendid book reveals an infinitely complicated and attractive character. We may not look upon his like again' Jonathan Croall, Spectator The above quotes sums it up - this astonishing collection of letters brings us up close to one of the foremost, and best loved, actors of this century. John Gielgud wrote letters almost every day of his adult life. Whether at home in London or abroad, he delighted in recounting what he felt about events around him. 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. He also loved gossip and writes about his contemporaries, including the great actors of period: Olivier, Richardson, Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans and the like. A revealing account but also a hugely warm and compelling insight into a man of many sides.show more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 46mm | 662.26g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 16
  • 0753818507
  • 9780753818503

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. Richard Mangan edited JOHN GIELGUD'S NOTES FROM THE GODS (Nick Hern Books, 1994). He is curator of the Mander and Mitchenson Theatre Collection.show more

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In selecting slightly fewer than half the 1,600 letters he discovered, Richard Mangan has nonetheless succeeded in balancing the various aspects of Gielgud's character. The predominent quality that emerges is that of kindness... His letters abound with tart vignettes of people and situations... Gielgud's intelligent, refined and tender voice is compelling...show more

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