W.C. Fields by Himself: His Intended Autobiography with Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Notes, Scripts, and Articles

W.C. Fields by Himself: His Intended Autobiography with Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Notes, Scripts, and Articles

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Overview

Fields never got around to writing his autobiography, but at his death in 1946, he left behind a vast assortment of notes, outlines, scrapbooks, letters, scripts, scenarios, and photographs. Now his grandson, Ronald J. Fields, has edited and woven this wealth of previously unpublished material into a unique new portrait of the Great One--in his own words. This book establishes the true facts about W.C. Fields's early years: how, around 1895, he really got started juggling; how met his future wife Hattie; and how he felt about his incessant tours, triumphs, and film career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630761707
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 616
Sales rank: 775,263
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

W.C. Fields was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. His career in show business began in vaudeville. Eventually, he began to incorporate comedy into his act and went on to become a star in the Broadway musical Poppy. He had a long and successful career in show business. After his death, his legacy as an entertainer and performer led Woody Allen to dub him one of the six "genuine comic geniuses" in movie history.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Foreword Conan O'Brien xv

Part 1 Life and Letters 1880-1929 1

Part 2 Vaudeville Scripts 1920s and '30s 79

Part 3 Notes, Articles, and Public Issues 1930s and '40s 141

Part 4 Radio Scripts and Scenarios 1930s and '40s 199

Part 5 The Movies 1932-1943 265

Part 6 Life and Letters II 1933-1946 443

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