Elvis Encyclopedia

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More than thirty years after his death, Elvis Presley remains indelibly etched into the American psyche. As the Elvis of myth--an embodiment of the American Dream in the flesh--has become synonymous with Elvis the man, the subject of countless books, articles and songs, it has become increasingly hard to discern who Elvis really was. By combining obsessive research with absorbing writing, Adam Victor, author of the bestselling The Marilyn Encyclopedia, sifts through the competing versions of events throughout ...
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Overview

More than thirty years after his death, Elvis Presley remains indelibly etched into the American psyche. As the Elvis of myth--an embodiment of the American Dream in the flesh--has become synonymous with Elvis the man, the subject of countless books, articles and songs, it has become increasingly hard to discern who Elvis really was. By combining obsessive research with absorbing writing, Adam Victor, author of the bestselling The Marilyn Encyclopedia, sifts through the competing versions of events throughout Elvis's life and traces a young man's path to immortality. The Elvis Encyclopedia, the product of years of research, was created to help bring order to the massive amount of material written about Elvis Presley. In doing so, it stands as the most comprehensive book about his extraordinary life and legacy ever published.

The Elvis Encyclopedia is also a visual compendium of Elvis's life, offering hundreds of photographs, ranging from never-beforeseen unposed moments to the extraordinary iconic images the world has come to love.

With this definitive one-stop resource, fans and scholars finally have easy access to all of the information on Elvis's life and times, testing what is real against legend. The facts are represented in full--a childhood mired in poverty, his unstoppable rise to the top with over 150 gold, platinum, or multi-platinum albums, 31 feature films, and 14 Grammy awards, his marriage to Priscilla, his early death. Entries cover every significant aspect of Elvis and his world from family members, lovers, benefactors, mentors, agents, directors, co-stars, and coaches.

Complete with cross-referencing and a comprehensive bibliography, The Elvis Encyclopedia surpasses everything that has come before it. It is a true testament to the legend that is Elvis Presley.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This obsessively detailed and completely entertaining chronicle by Victor (The Marilyn Encyclopedia) of every possible aspect of Elvis Presley's life is mesmerizing and deserves a wide audience. Elvis fans will delight in the many famous and rare photos illustrating entries on the King's every song, album and movie as well as his complete last will and testament. But nonfans will marvel at such meticulously researched entries as "Religion" (a vision of "Stalin and Jesus in a high bank of cloud" made Elvis consider "joining a monastery"), as well as a comprehensive state-by-state list of "Hotels Where Elvis Stayed." (Oct.)

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Los Angeles Confidential
The King lives on (and on) in The Elvis Encyclopedia by Adam Victor, perhaps the most comprehensive Elvis tome ever. With lavish color photos and information organized into a reader friendly format, this book covers the hip-shakin' rocker from A to Z.
Library Journal

Topping out at 600 dense pages, this lavishly illustrated celebration of Elvis is both comprehensive and fascinating to read. Victor's obsessive research could not have found a better subject, and he follows his fact-stuffed Marilyn Encyclopedia(Overlook, 2001) with a volume "longer than the Old Testament." The extensive detail of Victor's work surpasses all prior compilations of Elvis fact and lore. A bevy of quotations intersect the alphabetical topics, which range from the obvious movies and music to his sometimes unusual proclivities in public and in private. Nothing is taboo, and Victor renders the information with an even hand, whether discussing the infamous Colonel Parker or The King's tabloid-ready sex life. Profiled friends and associates number in the hundreds, forming one of the greatest strengths of the book.
—Kelli Perkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585675982
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 489,919
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 12.18 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Victor is a writer and translator and the author of The Marilyn Encyclopedia. The Elvis Encyclopedia is his biggest project to date, the distillation of more than three years of research in libraries, film and audio archives, and private collections
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