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Errol Flynn: The Untold Story
Errol Flynn could have been tried for treason. The world-famous star could have ended his life on the hangman's noose. In this astonishing statement, best-selling author Charles Higham sums up a theme of his major new biography of the superstar. Behind the fame, the magical movie career that made Flynn a symbol of heroism and patriotic adventure, there was a hidden ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Doubleday
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I picked this up at our book swap party, seeing that it was a biography of one of the best swashbucklers out there. Then, a week later, I read the back... where the book claims to uncover evidence and build a case against Flynn as a drug smuggler, a gun runner, a bisexual... and a Gestapo agent. I started reading right there. Higham is clearly a bit insane, in the way conspiracy theorists are, getting strangely obsessed with any time that their subjects' movements are minutely accounted for ...more
By far one of the most biased biographies I've ever read, the author was shameless in his personal views. At one point he brazenly referred to Errol Flynn as an evil man. In either case, looking beyond the author's biases, the subject himself, Errol Flynn was a fascinating individual to read about. Whether agreeing or not with his actions, it is still worth reading about a man who simply lived himself to death.
This book is somewhat interesting, simply for its sheer, bold-faced lies and the funny way the author does not hide his disgust for Errol Flynn. He accuses Flynn of being a Nazi, a homosexual and of having affairs with Tyrone Power, Howard Hughes and Truman Capote?! Many of the stories in this book have no validity and offer no proof. This would be a great read for those of you who like celebrity crapfests, like TMZ or Extra.
Charles Higham is an author and poet. Higham is a recipient of the Prix des Créateurs of the Académie Française and the Poetry Society of London Prize.More about Charles Higham...