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Short Lives: Portraits Of Writers, Painters, Poets, Actors, Musicians And Performers In Pursuit Of Death (Picador Books)

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Published February 13th 1981 by Macmillan (first published January 1st 1980)
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Paul Bryant
Biographies are as different from each other as people. Some are like Vlad the Impaler and some are like Winnie the Pooh. And some are like Vlad the Pooh and Winnie the Impaler.

I’ve been reading Carole Angier’s book on Jean Rhys, and wow, Carole really does want to curl up inside Jean Rhys’ life and stay there for months at a time, the claustrophobic probing and detailed interrogations of the slim novels are frighteningly intense; then there’s Roger Lewis’s biography of Anthony Burgess and Gold
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David
Nov 12, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
I remember vividly reading this in 1981 and discussing it with a friend through the only technology available at that time for such things, letters. I don't think emails are much of a substitute for paper and ink. It's like watching a play on TV rather than struggling through the rain, hailing cabs, arriving wet, queuing up, buying the programme, finding your seat, seeing the curtain rise in a hush of expectation, and feeling the atmosphere with fellow humans. This book has short chapters on ...more
Russ
Jun 25, 2008 Russ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book. It covers the lives of famous people across time including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath...
Some of the stories are very enlightening.
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