A LifeBook - 2011
Born in London in 1889, Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty. Both his parents were in show business, but severe alcoholism cut short his father's flourishing career, and his beloved mother lost first her voice, then her mind, to syphilis. How then did this poor, lonely child, committed to the Hanwell School for the Orphaned and Destitute, become such an extraordinary comedian, known and celebrated worldwide? Chaplin cut his teeth in British music halls, but it was America that made him. Weissman traces Chaplin's life and the sources of his genius in fascinating detail, demonstrating how his tragic childhood shaped his personality and his art. Infamous for his politics and his scandalous sex life, Chaplin was a much more complex and contradictory figure than his famous roles imply. Weissman brilliantly illuminates both the screen legend himself and the turbulent era that shaped him. -- from p.  of cover.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., 2011
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 CHAPL
Characteristics: ix, 315 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm