Elvis and Gladys

Overview

Who on the planet doesn't know that Elvis Presley gave electrifying performances and enthralled millions? Who doesn't know that he was the King of Rock 'n' Roll? But who knows that the King himself lived in the thrall of one dominant person?

This was Gladys Smith Presley, his protective, indulgent, beloved mother.

Elvis and Gladys, one of the best researched and most acclaimed books on Elvis's early life, ...

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Overview

Who on the planet doesn't know that Elvis Presley gave electrifying performances and enthralled millions? Who doesn't know that he was the King of Rock 'n' Roll? But who knows that the King himself lived in the thrall of one dominant person?

This was Gladys Smith Presley, his protective, indulgent, beloved mother.

Elvis and Gladys, one of the best researched and most acclaimed books on Elvis's early life, reconstructs the extraordinary role Gladys played in her son's formative years.

Uncovering facts not seen by other biographers, Elvis and Gladys reconstructs for the first time the history of the mother and son's devoted relationship and reveals new information about Elvis--his Cherokee ancestry, his boyhood obsession with comic books, and his early compulsion to rescue his family from poverty.

Coming to life in the compelling narrative is the poignant story of a unique boy and the maternal tie that bound him. It is at once an intimate psychological portrait of a tragic relationship and a mesmerizing tale of the early years of an international idol.

"For once, a legend is presented to us by the mind and heart of a literate, careful biographer who cares," wrote Liz Smith in the New York Daily News when Elvis and Gladys was originally published in 1985. This is the book, Smith says, "for any Elvis lover who wants to know more about what made Presley the man he was and the mama's boy he became."

The Boston Globe called this thoughtful, informative biography of one of popular music's most enduring stars "nothing less than the best Elvis book yet."

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Editorial Reviews

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"The most fine-grained Elvis bio ever . . . thoughtful and truth-telling."

--Kirkus Reviews

"This is the Elvis bio that gets behind the hype and the myth. Nobody ever wrote better about the making of Elvis than Elaine Dundy."

--New York Daily News

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Examining in detail the ``powerful'' relationship between Elvis and his mother, Gladys Presley, British writer Dundy provides an absorbing and insightful portrait of Elvis's boyhood in Tupelo, Miss. PW sang this book's praises, stating that it should appeal both to the star's insatiable fans and to those wanting a more thorough understanding of rock 'n' roll. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578066346
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Southern Icons Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 421,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Dundy is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Dud Avocado; Finch, Bloody Finch; Ferriday, Louisiana; and the memoir Life Itself!

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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi
Part 1
1. Captain Marvel, Jr. 3
2. Gladys' Roots 12
3. Gladys 30
4. A Romance 49
5. The Live Twin 64
6. Elvis and Gladys 80
7. The Horizon Widens 89
8. The Short Happy Months 104
9. The Singer and the Song 119
10. Memphis Blues 134
11. Meridian and Onward 155
12. "That's All Right, Mama" 169
Part 2
13. The Dogcatcher of Tampa 185
14. When Elvis Sang 212
15. The Yellow Brick Road 219
16. Under Contract 235
17. The Decline of Gladys 254
18. Inside Paradise 265
19. Jailhouse Rock 277
20. And After 296
21. The Death of Gladys 316
Epilogue 329
Bibliography 335
Index 339
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