Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu

Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu

by Simon Callow

Paperback(Revised Edition)

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“A splendidly entertaining, definitive work.”—Entertainment Weekly

In this first installment of his masterful biography, Simon Callow captures the chameleonic genius of Orson Welles as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here is Welles’s prodigious childhood; his youth in New York, with its fraught partnership with John Houseman and the groundbreaking triumph of his all-black Macbeth; the pioneering radio work that culminated in the notorious 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds; and finally, his work in Hollywood, including an authoritative account of the making of Citizen Kane. Rich in detail and insight, this is far and away the definitive look at Orson Welles—a figure even more extraordinary than the myths that have surrounded him.

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ISBN-13: 9780140254563
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1997
Series: Orson Welles , #1
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 627,603
Product dimensions: 5.39(w) x 8.37(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon Callow is an actor, director, and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. His other books include Orson Welles: Hello Americans, Orson Welles: One-Man Band, Shooting the Actor, and Being an Actor.

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This riveting, revealing portrait of the legendary director and star is æunlikely to be surpassed.æ (Los Angeles Times Book Review) A wonderfully readable, sharp, shrewd and evenhanded biography... Callow is a witty and feeling biographer. (Chicago Tribune) Callow is in control all the way. (The New York Times Book Review, front page)"

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