- Title: Great times, good times: The odyssey of Maurice Barrymore
- Author: James Kotsilibas-Davis
- ISBN: 9780385049535
- Page: 134
- Format: Unknown Binding
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I simply love this biography -- each time I pick it up "just to check something" I get sucked into the wonderful insane beautiful world of English and American 19th century theatre and I cannot put it down. It's also a great kicking turnaround to have John and Lionel and Ethel as minor players in a story for once in their lives. To read this is to understand the Barrymores -- where they came from, where they were and how they got to be what they are today. Great biography.
I've been obsessed with the Barrymores for a long time, so I was really excited to read this bio of the paterfamilias and if you too are obsessed, that's reason enough to recommend this book, not to mention the rare photographs from the author's private collection. (Wow! Where did he find those photos?) As a fan of well-written biographies, however, I had some trouble with this one. I enjoyed the facts and the family mythology that the author weaved together, but something about the writing didn [...]
An absolutely outstanding blend of highly-enjoyable easy-to-read narrative history and painstakingly accurate factual account. It captures superbly the personalities of all involved, as well as the conditions of late 19th-century theatrical practice, both in Philadelphia and New York circles, and in touring companies. A classic of American theatre history, undeservedly forgotten, and well worthy of a reissue.
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