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W.C. Fields By Himself: His Intended Autobiography by Fields, Ronald J.
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published June 1st 1973 by Prentice Hall
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Jun 06, 2013 Tony rated it it was ok
I thought this book was ok, but dragged a little when it gave entire sketches/ routines in detail, page after page, which didn't really work for me. But the rest of the book, letters, etc. did give a pretty good picture of the man himself. Just a pity I had to skip the comedy routines, because I hate doing that, but they were just too long (although thankfully not that numerous).
I've only nibbled at my copy of this over the years, mainly because I've read four other Fields biographies and this just seemed redundant. The "by himself" thing is kind of misleading; this is a cobbled-together compilations of letters and such wrenched into book form by Fields' grandson, Ronald, which hardly constitutes a genuine autobiography. The closest Fields ever came to anything like one, "Fields for President," is pretty godawful.
Feb 01, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful book. Highly recommend it. I've read and reread it as I've worked on my show W.C. Fields By Himself!, a play that I've staged in San Diego and hope to take on the road. It was written by his grandson Ronald and based entirely on W.C.'s own writings, and other documents he left behind.
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W. C. Fields was born William Claude Dukenfield, the eldest of five children. Field's parents were a Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton

He was an American juggler, comedian, and actor. Fields created one of the great American comic personas of the first half of the 20th century—a misanthrope who teetered on the edge of buffoonery but never quite fell in, an egoti
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