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Tynan's profiles are models of the genre, an inspiration for today's journalists and critics. The 50 profiles in this collection, originally published between 1943 and 1979, provide a veritable Who's Who of arts and letters, including Katharine Hepburn, C.S. Lewis, George Bernard Shaw, Miles Davis, W.C. Fields, Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Tom Stoppard, and Greta ...more
Paperback, 541 pages
Published April 20th 1998 by Random House
(first published January 1st 1990)
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Reading Kenneth Tynan, you realize how paltry are the critics today.
This book of interviews and reflections is brilliant. He write about figures of the 1950s, 60s and 70s -- a group that ranges from Bogart and Welles and Graham Greene and Garbo to Lenny Bruce and Mel Brooks and Judy Holliday. What makes him so terrific is his generosity
A great book .
Kenneth Tynan’s profiles largely live up to his flamboyant reputation, his prose happily glorifying the people whose work he admired. Many of these pieces are standard newspaper profiles enlivened by florid yet sharp turns of phrase and sharp insights. Probably the best pieces come towards the end when the New Yorker allowed him plenty of space to profile his targets; it’s often fascinating to see a fine critical mind at work (or enjoying itself a little too much as is evident in the Nicol ...more
Didn't read this cover to cover, as I can only get so interested in reading profiles of entertainment figures from previous eras that I've never heard of. But I enjoyed the ones I chose to read, especially Katharine Hepburn, Martha Graham, and (especially especially) Mel Brooks.