Act One: An Autobiography [NOOK Book]

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The Dramatic Story that Capitvated a Generation

With this new edition, the classic best-selling autobiography by the late playwright Moss Hart returns to print in the thirtieth anniversary of its original publication. Issued in tandem with Kitty, the revealing autobiography of his wife, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Act One, is a landmark memoir that incluenced a generation of theatergoers, dramatists, and general book readers everywhere. The book ...
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Overview


The Dramatic Story that Capitvated a Generation

With this new edition, the classic best-selling autobiography by the late playwright Moss Hart returns to print in the thirtieth anniversary of its original publication. Issued in tandem with Kitty, the revealing autobiography of his wife, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Act One, is a landmark memoir that incluenced a generation of theatergoers, dramatists, and general book readers everywhere. The book eloquently chronicles Moss Hart's impoverished childhood in the Bronx and Brooklyn and his long, determined struggle to his first theatreical Broadway success, Once in a Lifetime. One of the most celebrated American theater books of the twentieth centure and a glorious memorial to a bygone age, Act One if filled with all the wonder, drama, and heartbreak that surrounded Broadway in the 1920s and the years before World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Moss Hart’s Act One is not only the best book ever written about the American theater, but one of the great American autobiographies, by turns gripping, hilarious and searing."—Frank Rich

"Reading Act One is like going to a wonderful dinner party and being seated next to a man who is more charming, more interesting, smarter, and funnier than you ever knew men were capable of being. Moss Hart is alive in these pages, and I am in love with him."—Ann Patchett, author of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage and Bel Canto

"Is Act One for you? Only if you know that theater is spelled theatre, cast albums are not soundtracks, and intermission is twice as fun as halftime. In that case, not only is Act One for you—it is immediate and required reading."—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever and Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

"Act One is legendary in the theater world for one simple reason: it speaks personally to those of us who have chosen a life on or around the stage."—James Lapine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466864603
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 43,907
  • File size: 481 KB

Meet the Author


Born in New York City in 1904, Moss Hart began his career as a playwright in 1925 with The Hold-Up Man, yet archieved his first major success in the 1930 collaboration with George S. Kaufman, Once in a Lifetime. In addition to numerous Broadway productions, such as The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take it With You, which was awarded the Pulitzer Price in 1938, Hart wrote screenplays for Gentleman's Agreement and A Star is Born. Moss Hart also gained universal recognition for his award-winning direction of My Fair Lady in 1956.
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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Act One - One of my favorite books!

    A very entertaining book. Moss Hart's writing was so smooth. I felt like I was with him at every moment - through every disappointment and heartbreak, then with him for his break-through into the world of theater that he dreamed about and strived so for. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will remember it fondly forever.

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    Posted June 20, 2014

    Wonderful and Charming - A Must Read

    I read this book when it was first published and it captured my heart. Over the years my copy of the book disappeared but the publicity about the play (which I saw in New York and which was wonderful) prompted me to buy a new copy and read it again. What a treat - beautifully written and a must read for all lovers of the theatre. It delighted me just as much the second time around and I finished the book quite sad that Moss Hart never lived to write a book about the wonderful life that would have comprised Act Two. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Still resonant generations later and one of the greatest books a

    Still resonant generations later and one of the greatest books about the
    theatre ever written. I hope the upcoming stage adaptation does it justice.

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