Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain

Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain

by Hal Holbrook
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Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain by Hal Holbrook

A beloved actor's memoir about what it takes to break into the business

In Harold, the beloved stage, film, and television actor Hal Holbrook presents an affecting memoir about his struggle to discover his true self, even as he learned to transform himself onstage. Abandoned by his mother and father when he was two, Holbrook and his two sisters commenced separate journeys of survival. Raised by his powerful grandfather, who died when Holbrook was twelve, Holbrook spent his childhood at boarding schools, visiting his father in an insane asylum and hoping his mother would suddenly surface in Hollywood.

As World War II engulfed Europe, Holbrook began acting almost by accident. Through war, marriage, and the work of honing his craft, his fear of insanity and his fearlessness in the face of risk were channeled into discovering that the riskiest path of all—success as an actor—would be his birthright. The climb up that forbidding mountain was a lonely one. And how he achieved it—the cost to his wife and children and to his own conscience—is the dark side of the fame he would eventually earn by portraying the man his career would forever be most closely associated with: Mark Twain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374533595
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Hal Holbrook is a celebrated actor who has starred in such films as All the President's Men, Wall Street, and The Firm. He has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for his work in television and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008 for his role in Into the Wild. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Harold 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting life... very honestly written hope he'll be writing another to cover his later years...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hal Holbrook graduated from Denison University and was honored when I attended my 50th class reunion. I purchased the book, read the book about his life and long journey in theater. I have lent the book to others and wanted to purchase it as a gift from a college roommate from Hawaii. I highly recommend this book to others. Barnes and Noble helped get a copy for this gift. Thank you.
S-OH More than 1 year ago
When Hal Holbrook presented "Mark Twain Tonight" to our student body in 1959, it was easy to believe that he was the 70-yr-old Samuel Clemens. In reality, he was 34 years old. Mr. Holbrook's account of those first 34 years is compelling reading. He relates the events of his early life with an honesty that is almost painful. His search for the identity behind the stage make-up creates a story of universal appeal.
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MaryCarstairs More than 1 year ago
The book starts out strong. But then it goes into entirely too much detail about Hal Holbrook's travel schedule in the 1950s. The book also quotes too many reviews. His condensing that info could have made one truly fine book where he seems to be planning two less-good ones. Throughout, however, Holbrook analyzes other actors' styles well and explains interestingly how he developed his own style and how he chose material.
MimiLaTree More than 1 year ago
As life long admirers and observers of Mr.Holbrok's acting talents, my son and I were sorely disappointed with this book. It is poorly written and hard to engage and follow the story. Shame on his editor for putting this work out.