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Author: James Curtis
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The legend of W. C. Fields has persisted for more than half a century—the gin-guzzling misanthrope about whom Leo Rosten famously said, “Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.” But there was another Fields, the man behind the character of the red-nosed card sharp who wrote, directed, and performed in some of the most enduring comedies of all time, including “It's a Gift,” “My Little Chickadee,” and “The Bank Dick.” Now James Curtis reveals the man behind the myth, telling the story of Fields' life and work as it's never been told before. With exclusive and unrestricted access to the Great Man's papers and manuscripts, he shows us the passion and intellect that fueled Fields' creative drive, and the broken family that gave such a bitter edge to his comedy. He also shows the evolution of one of the world's most recognizable figures, whose nasal voice and shifty mannerisms helped make him, in the words of James Agee, “the toughest and most warmly human of all screen comedians.”

Date insert: Thursday, 18 April 2024