John Wayne: Actor, Artist, Hero

John Wayne: Actor, Artist, Hero

by Richard D. McGhee
     
 

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After the death of Marion Morrison, known as John Wayne, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter said that Wayne "was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made American great."

The first section of this study concentrates on Wayne's style of work and sphere of

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After the death of Marion Morrison, known as John Wayne, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter said that Wayne "was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made American great."

The first section of this study concentrates on Wayne's style of work and sphere of action as an actor: The man who works for a living and is concerned with his audience and the constraints of his immediate environment. The second section examines the artist: the man who lives in his art, who disappears into his character as an archetype of human fears and desires. Analyses of films that have made Wayne a hero are presented in the third section. A comprehensive filmography is included. Numerous photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
the research is commendable, and the writing style attractive...includes a first-rate filmography...recommend[ed]
Choice
Wayne's crucial position within the canon of classical Hollywood is without question
Film & History
a comprehensive filmography and numerous photographs...a welcome find...deserves high praise

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786407521
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
ALTERNATE
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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