Search Results: "Simon Callow"


BOOK REVIEW

ORSON WELLES by Simon Callow
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It will be a hard, fidgety wait for the second volume. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superbly wrought, aesthetically and psychologically acute portrait of Welles's sheer, undisciplined genius. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS AND THE GREAT THEATRE OF THE WORLD by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Callow makes us wish we'd been in those crowds to watch this astonishing magician weave his literary spells."
Callow (My Life in Pieces, 2011, etc.) rehearses the life of Dickens with a sharp spotlight on the importance of the theater and of performance both in Dickens' life and in his fiction. Read full book review >

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ORSON WELLES, VOLUME 3 by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Welles rightly imagined that people would never stop writing about him after he died. Callow continues to set the standard in this increasingly crowded field."
Juicy, provocative latest installment in the comprehensive life of a self-destructive genius. Read full book review >

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BEING WAGNER by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Dangerous and dynamic,' Callow's Wagner is a 'musical genius,' but he 'cannot bring comfort. Which is why people fight over him.' An infectiously readable biography."
A brief life of the composer who "got under people's skin." Read full book review >

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LOST EARTH by Philip Callow
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An unfortunate biography, written in Irving Stone mode. (8 pages photos and color plates, not seen)"
A lame and unscholarly life of a major artist, by novelist and biographer Callow (From Noon to Starry Night: A Life of Walt Whitman, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1992

Here, Callow (Son and Lover, 1975) finds Walt Whitman to be mysterious, evasive, contradictory—a ``psychological oddity'' whose very confessions, revelations, and disclosures created a ``thicket of identities'' that further obscured his real self. Read full book review >

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CHEKHOV by Philip Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1998

"Interested readers would benefit more from their own reading of Chekhov, or from the more stimulating biographies of Donald Rayfield or V.S. Pritchett. (illustrations, not seen)"
This new offering in the expanding and increasingly noteworthy field of Chekhov studies lacks both the original scholarship and the intellectual depth of other recent studies. Read full book review >

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LOUIS by Philip Callow
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2001

"These stylistic tics, along with strained comparisons with the subjects of Callow's other biographies, suggest that the author is addressing no audience other than himself."
Another literary biography from an English novelist who has taken on Chekhov, Lawrence, and Whitman in the past. Read full book review >

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FIRST MAN by Simon Schwartz
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A welcome profile of a little-known African-American explorer, despite its somewhat heavy-handed embroidery of the facts. (introduction, chronology, selected bibliography) (Graphic historical fiction. 13 & up)"
A fictionalized account of the life of Matthew Henson, the black American who reached the North Pole before Robert Peary, told in graphic form. Read full book review >

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BABY BRAINS AND ROBOMOM by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

As clever and funny as the first two, this super toddler's third exploit again carries the message that there's no substitute for parental TLC. Read full book review >

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BASHER: ABC KIDS by Simon Basher
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2011

"And for all those friends of the letters j and x and z, it is a great pleasure for them to get pages of their own, rather than corralled in with the k's and y's. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This is a full-bore, graphically conspicuous abecedary. Read full book review >