A gentle and self-indulgent recollection of a talented beginner's foibles, this memoir by actor-playwright Emlyn Williams...

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EMLYN 1927-1935

A gentle and self-indulgent recollection of a talented beginner's foibles, this memoir by actor-playwright Emlyn Williams covers the years from his final exams at Christ Church, Oxford, to the debut eight years later of his very successful play Night Must Fall. It is a personal tribute to his simple Welsh parents and the French 'teacher who shaped his career, and a frank account of a sexual ambivalence -- ""As for sex, I was standing stock-still in the middle of the road, and that's as good a way of getting run over as any"" -- which is happily resolved in his 1935 marriage and paternity. During this period, the eminent dramatist worked with Charles Laughton, Edgar Wallace, Guthrie McClintic and John Gieglud, who appear as characters not as luminaries -- name-dropping is kept to a judicious minimum. A pleasant theatrical diversion written to amuse rather than instruct.

Pub Date: April 29, 1974

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Publisher: Viking

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974