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Sir Charlie by Sid Fleischman
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Jul 07, 10

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Read in July, 2010

Born in 1889, raised in Cockney slums and poorhouses after his mother became insane, Chaplin started early in vaudeville and came to the United States just in time to take advantage of the boom in silent films where he acted, wrote, and directed his way to success even beyond that of his "Little Tramp" character. Fleischman's biography is appreciative and beautifully written. It's funny and pathetic, just like its subject. It's full of lines you'd like to quote. Also meticulously researched and beautifully designed. It stands right up there with his Mark Twain, Houdini, and his own autobiography as models.
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