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  • Orson Welles, Volume 2by Simon Callow

    Random House 2011; US$ 21.14

    The reason for the decline of Orson Welles's career is a hotly debated issue, but decline it certainly did. When Citizen Kane , his first film, opened in 1941, Welles was universally acclaimed as the most audacious filmmaker alive. But instead of marking the beginning of a triumphant career in Hollywood, the film still regularly voted the greatest... more...

  • Orson Welles, Volume 1by Simon Callow

    Random House 2011; US$ 18.32

    A brilliant biography of the young Orson Welles, from his prodigious childhood and youth, his triumphs with the Mercury Theatre, to the making of Citizen Kane . Vivid, vastly entertaining, this is the definitive Welles biography. more...

  • My Life in Piecesby Simon Callow

    Nick Hern Books 2012; US$ 19.99

    An alternative autobiography of the well-loved actor and man of the theatre. In My Life in Pieces Simon Callow retraces his life through the multifarious performers, writers, productions and events which have left their indelible mark on him. The story begins with Peter Pan - his first ever visit to the theatre - before transporting us to southern... more...

  • Shooting The Actorby Simon Callow

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.50

    A companion volume to Being an Actor , Callow's classic text about the experience of acting in the theatre, Shooting the Actor reveals the truth about film acting. The book describes his film work, from Amadeus to Four Weddings and a Funeral, from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls to Shakespeare in Love. Its centrepiece is a hilarious and sometimes... more...

  • Charles Laughtonby Simon Callow

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.50

    The creator of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Henry VIII and Captain Bligh, Charles Laughton's career spans 50 films and 40 stage roles. This entralling biography follows him from his parents' hotel in Scarborough to his climactic assumption of the role of King Lear in Statford at the end of his life. Along the way we meet a galaxy of Hollywood greats... more...

  • Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the Worldby Simon Callow

    HarperCollins Publishers 2012; US$ 7.80

    An entertaining biography of Dickens by one of our finest actors more...

  • Orson Welles, Volume 3by Simon Callow

    Random House 2015; US$ 18.32

    In One-Man Band, the third volume in his epic survey of Orson Welles’ life and work, Simon Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century, looking closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television,... more...

  • Love is Where it Fallsby Simon Callow

    Nick Hern Books 2017; US$ 12.49

    Simon Callow's candid and moving memoir of his passionate friendship with legendary literary agent Peggy Ramsay. ‘This extraordinary memoir brilliantly evokes one of the most formidable and influential figures in recent British cultural history, Peggy Ramsay, muse, patron and scourge of the post- Look Back in Anger generation... Those of us... more...

  • Being Wagnerby Simon Callow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2018; US$ 16.00

    Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles , delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans. Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular or more divisive. His ten masterpieces,... more...

  • Martin Chuzzlewitby Charles Dickens; Simon Callow

    Random House 2012; US$ 6.99

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW Wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit is surrounded by a host of grasping, unscrupulous relatives and suspects the family vices of selfishness and greed are already showing in his grandson. The younger Martin is therefore cast out upon the world to learn to fend for himself. Apprenticed to the oily hypocrite Peckniff,... more...