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Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Dirk Bogarde was known as the star of more than 60 films and a critically acclaimed author. To a privileged few, however, he was also a prolific, stimulating, and treasured correspondent. Bogarde was a secretive man who destroyed many of his own papers and diaries. Fortunately, the recipients of his letters treasured them, enabling John Coldstream to bring together this fa ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Phoenix (first published August 1st 2008)
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Mar 12, 2012 Nisha-Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book you read if you don't already love Dirk Bogarde. And as John Coldstream says in the introduction, it works best as a companion to the authorised biography and to Dirk's own A Particular Friendship. I can vouch for the first bit --- there were so many times during the authorised biography that I wanted the whole text of a letter quoted.

That said, I had a pretty typical reaction to this collection of letters. As in typical to Dirk --- alternating between pure love and wanting to
David Conway
A disappointment. It is perhaps unfair to expect too much of what, presumably, were private letters which the writer did not intend for publication. Unfair from the point of view of literary style and, more importantly, of what the correspondence reveals about the writer. Neither Bogarde's literary executors nor Mr. Coldstream have done their subject any favours by publishing this anthology. Many actors, if not most, are self-centered, possibly a symptom of insecurity, but in this correspondence ...more
Aug 01, 2008 minnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, library
Ever Dirk:The Bogarde Letters, is a collection of Dirk Bogarde's letters from 1969 until his death in 1999(he burned all letters and diaries before this time)Having read John Coldstreams excellent biography of Bogarde I kind of knew I should expect Bitchiness and egocentricity, but so much?
Dirk Bogarde was an intensely private man and when his career tailed off he started writing his many memoir books, and wrote letters prolifically to mostly women.The recipients of the letters are Norah Smallwo
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Jun 04, 2010 Abul Kalam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of letters that were complied over the latter years of his carrer, he is a very witty and intelegent man although i think that as time went by life began to get him down. well worth a read.
Sam Schulman
That there can be too much Dirk Bogarde
Jonathan Nicholas
I loved this book and often dip into it now and again. It is very revealing and hugely enjoyable, but then I am a great fan of Dirk.
Aug 20, 2015 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, there is a lot of it to get through. However I enjoyed all of it immensely and all of the man, warts an' all!
Apr 19, 2012 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was Looking forward to this, but had to abandon the read after getting about a third way in. I could only take so much of Mr Bogarde being snobby over other actors & directors.
Dec 06, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vast book covering the last thirty-odd years of Bogarde's life and his transition from actor to best-selling writer. Classy, witty and insightful, despite the often atrocious spelling and grammar.
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