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Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  5 reviews
British-born Charlie Chaplin was not only the world's first international movie star but one of the most loved, hated and gossiped-about figures in film history. In her colorful and absorbing biography of the mercurial Chaplin, Joyce Milton takes us from his childhood in the London slums and his early days as a music hall entertainer, through his meteoric rise and the full ...more
Published December 31st 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 21st 1998)
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Anthony Ventrello
It became obvious from page one that the author did not like Chaplin and was doing her best to drag him through the mud. This obviously biased biography was not a joy to read and would leave most Chaplin fans wanting to throw the book at its author.

If you want to read a good book about Chaplin, this is not the one. It is poorly written and the writer obviously used rumors and her own feminist perspective when writing.
A very good book but I was put off by the amount of type-o's I found! For example, pg. 175 "Charlie was so furious yhat he fired Ellsworth..." The publisher is Da Capo Press. I wouldn't recommend this version.
Trav S.D.
Very well researched and written, but she clearly doesn't like Chaplin very much. It's predominantly devoted to his communist pecadilloes and his unfortunate relations with women (as opposed to, say, his films, which are loved the world over). And she preposterously implies (as some do) that after the Mutuals his career was all downhill, which is complete and utter nonsense. Still, it's a point of view, and read in conjunction with other Chaplin biographies it does flesh out your picture of the ...more
Mia McInnis
Well that was a dragging, but informative book. Though a clearly troubled individual the line between genius and madness stands true as Chaplin moves from the streets caring for an insane, drunken mother to the limelight and beyond. Certainly an interesting read for anyone interested in Charlie's extensive and twisting career.
Going to reread at later date ~ this man interests me.
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Joyce Milton is the author of several noted juvenile biographies, as well as the prize-winning novel, Save the Loonies.
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