Friday, November 29, 2013

UK Penguin reprint of David Robinson's definitive bio "Chaplin: His Life & Art" now available

Click here to order.

While I think this book is a great resource and a must-read for fans, I personally think there's room for a new comprehensive bio of Chaplin. That's not such a tall order, is it?



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  1. Just ordered it!! A tip for ordering from the UK... I always use bookdepository.co.uk as they have FREE worldwide shipping, and orders always arrive within days.

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  2. Ha! I'm reading this one right now, I'm enjoying it more than the Joyce Milton book. That one was quite unpleasant in tone and although there may be some truth in it I found it very one-sided.

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    1. That's the problem with Milton's book, it's well-researched but colored by her opinion of him. She would take a fact and then twist it around to suit her agenda. Stick with Robinson's book!

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    2. Yes, I notice a big difference with "Tramp", in how selective the information is. If it's unflattering, it's in there, if if shows Chaplin in a positive light, it never happened. I actually felt a bit sad after reading it, because apparently, he was the worst person in the known universe.

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    3. I'm sure that's exactly what Ms. Milton wanted you to believe. I've said this before, but I think it's sad that she had access to all of these wonderful resources and could have used them to write a serious bio but instead used them to bash Charlie at every opportunity.

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  3. oooooOOOOOOOOOoooooh! this is music to my ears! i only own a german translation from 1992 and the 80s edition in english. FINALLY someone heard our prayers!

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    1. I only have the 80s edition as well, I've never bothered to buy the revised version.

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    2. i tried getting hold of one some three years ago. THOSE BOOKS WERE AS RARE AS BLUE DIAMONDS and cost about just as much. it was crazy. but since i already own two versions (and the german translation was ever so slightly updated) i don't know whether i should get the new one based if it is only one chapter.

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    3. My understanding (and I could be wrong) is that the updates are not major and include Oona's death and the making of the 1992 "Chaplin" film, among a few other things. There are also a couple of new pictures.

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