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  • By ddomer on April 3, 2013

    If you are a fan of Fields, you will love it and be surprised at some of the facts the author discloses. Notwithstanding our image of him as a boozing bumbling comedian, he was in fact a world class juggler and an athlete, being a scratch golfer and avid tennis player, before his years of imbibing took their toll. If you dont know Fields, I cannot more highly recommend a book which will introduce and enthrall you in this complex and entertaining icon. The author James Curtis has written several biographies of people in the entertainment field, and he is expansive, but also compelling.

  • By Mike Fontanelli on March 18, 2003

    Finally, THE definitive biography of one of the most revered figures ever to appear on the world stage or step before a motion picture camera. While there've been almost two dozen books about Fields published already (mostly filmographies, quote books, picture books or screenplays), this collection is essential for several important reasons. First of all, it's one of the best biographies of a film personality ever written. Head and shoulders above Simon Louvish's sluggish MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, more ambitious than Ronald J. Fields' collection of letters and radio scripts (W.C. FIELDS BY HIMSELF), on a literary par with Robert Lewis Taylor's brilliant W.C. FIELDS: HIS FOLLIES AND FORTUNES (but without that author's fictional flights of fancy), James Curtis turns out to be the ideal biographer of the iconoclastic comedian.Setting the record straight regarding volumes of Fieldsian apocrypha, the legend remains intact whilst the enigmatic man behind it emerges for perhaps the first time in print. Full of nostalgia, fascinating revelations about Fields' working methods and creative approach to filmmaking, scandalous professional behavior, revealing personal data, heretofore unsuspected alliances (it comes as no surprise that Fields was a fan and drinking pal of his temperamental soulmate, H.L. Mencken), and many, many wonderful anecdotes. The ideal book to curl up with on a winter's eve (when it ain't a fit night out for man nor beast), with the necessary pitcher-full of your favorite "snake bite remedy," as Fields would say. (He'd also recommend you always carry a small snake...) A worthy tribute to a giant of American comedy. ***** 5 stars, easy.

  • By Smart Consumer on October 27, 2013

    I have read all I can get about this genius, may I say this is one of the most well written and not politically correct as so much of the biased liberal media is.Well done, but to short....Mr Dunkinfield was an incredible man.

  • By Scott MacGillivray on May 28, 2003

    Behind W. C. Fields's public mask there was a human face, and James Curtis reveals it completely in this sterling biography. Many show-business stories about Fields have become legendary (often perpetuated by the comedian himself), and author Curtis has taken great care to show how much truth there was to the legend. For the first time we can read WHY Fields encountered so much trouble when he tangled with (or was victimized by) producers, doctors, women, and others he turned into comic targets.Every facet of Fields's career, from boy juggler to international vaudevillian to movie star to radio comedian, is covered commendably. Curtis's research is extraordinary: there are innumerable quotes from Fields's personal and professional contemporaries, and far more detail than is customary about Fields's private life, including the full story of his medical setback of the 1930s.If you're looking for a solid, engrossing biography, look no further than "W. C. Fields: A Biography" by James Curtis.

  • By Lloyd Worley on March 25, 2014

    This biography meets the double requirements of accuracy and writing.First, accuracy: James Curtis had access to material that prior biographers did not. Everything is here--interviews, journals, letters, notes, official documents, anecdotes, eye witnesses, handbills, theatre programs, personal and public photographs. Taking all into account, Curtis weaves a strong tapestry of Fields' life, taking the time along the way to disprove canards about Fields. The biography is clear-eyed and dispassionate; Curtis presents the facts, and the reader can judge if s/he wishes. No embellishments needed--W.C. Fields' life was fascinating on ots own.Second, James Curtis is an excellent writer. His prose moves along smoothly and pictorially with a clear and often musical syntax.Highly recommended.Lloyd Worley

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