MADCAP MEN AND WACKY WOMEN FROM HISTORY by Kahane & Jacki Moline Corn

MADCAP MEN AND WACKY WOMEN FROM HISTORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Brief biographical sketches emphasize the odd habits and personal quirks of 38 ""mostly famous"" men and women. A two-paragraph introduction broadly explains that eccentric behavior can be caused by obsession, insanity, greed or power and flippantly cautions that the reader too may one day discover a hidden quirk. Howard Hughes' famous quirks are noted, but his career is covered in the most generic of terms. The same treatment is given to shopaholic William Randolph Hearst, egomaniac Victor Hugo, superstitious Enrico Caruso, and miserly Hetty Green (a.k.a. The Witch of Wall Street). Some of the featured subjects' more interesting habits receive briefest of mention--such as Charlie Chaplin's ""obsession with young women."" A pathetic photograph of a wasted Barbara Hutton being carried by her handsome chauffeur accompanies a standard recitation of her many marriages. Certainly personal quirks and traits are legitimate material for biography; however, this collection's coverage is so slanted toward odd behavior that the reader will likely remember only that Florence Nightingale talked to her pet owl and not that she set standards and practices for modern nursing. No index, no bibliography.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1987
Page count: 113pp
Publisher: Messner