Young Orson

The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane

“A remarkable, eye-opening biography . . . McGilligan’s Orson is a Welles for a new generation, [a portrait] in tune with Patti Smith’s Just Kids.”—A. S. Hamrah, Bookforum

No American artist or entertainer has enjoyed a more dramatic rise than Orson Welles. At the age of sixteen, he charmed his way into a precocious acting debut in Dublin’s Gate Theatre. By nineteen, he had published a book on Shakespeare and toured the United States. At twenty, he directed a landmark all-black production of Macbeth in Harlem, and the following year masterminded the legendary WPA production of Marc Blitzstein’s agitprop musical The Cradle Will Rock. After founding the Mercury Theatre, he mounted a radio production of The War of the Worlds that made headlines internationally. Then, at twenty-four, Welles signed a Hollywood contract granting him unprecedented freedom as a writer, director, producer, and star—paving the way for the creation of Citizen Kane, considered by many to be the greatest film in history.

Drawing on years of deep research, acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan conjures the young man’s Wisconsin background with Dickensian richness and detail: his childhood as the second son of a troubled industrialist father and a musically gifted, politically active mother; his youthful immersion in theater, opera, and magic in nearby Chicago; his teenage sojourns through rural Ireland, Spain, and the Far East; and his emergence as a maverick theater artist. Sifting fact from legend, McGilligan unearths long-buried writings from Welles’s school years; delves into his relationships with mentors Dr. Maurice Bernstein, Roger Hill, and Thornton Wilder; explores his partnerships with producer John Houseman and actor Joseph Cotten; reveals the truth of his marriage to actress Virginia Nicolson and rumored affairs with actresses Dolores Del Rio and Geraldine Fitzgerald (including a suspect paternity claim); and traces the story of his troubled brother, Dick Welles, whose mysterious decline ran counter to Orson’s swift ascent. And, through it all, we watch in awe as this whirlwind of talent—hailed hopefully from boyhood as a “genius”—collects the raw material that he and his co-writer, the cantankerous Herman J. Mankiewicz, would mold into the story of Charles Foster Kane.

Filled with insight and revelation—including the surprising true origin and meaning of “Rosebud”—Young Orson is an eye-opening look at the arrival of a talent both monumental and misunderstood.

Rezension
"[ Young Orson ] takes the directorial hero from his birth to the threshold of 'Citizen Kane.' I've only just started it and can so far confess to fascination and pleasure; the wealth of detail and the measured tempo are up to the Shakespearean complexity of Welles's character." New Yorker
Portrait

Patrick McGilligan is the author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darknessand Light; Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast; and George Cukor: A Double Life; and books on the lives of directors Nicholas Ray, Robert Altman, and Oscar Micheaux, and actors James Cagney, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. He also edited the acclaimed five-volume Backstory series of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters and (with Paul Buhle), the definitive Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not far from Kenosha, where Orson Welles was born.

… weiterlesen
In den Warenkorb
Filialabholung

Versandkostenfrei

Beschreibung

Produktdetails


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 832
Erscheinungsdatum 25.08.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-06-211248-4
Verlag Harper Collins Publ. USA
Maße (L/B/H) 23,6/15,8/6 cm
Gewicht 1152 g
Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
26,99
inkl. gesetzl. MwSt.
Sofort lieferbar
Versandkostenfrei
In den Warenkorb
Filialabholung

Versandkostenfrei

Andere Kunden interessierten sich auch für

  • 70373552
    Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
    von Reni Eddo-Lodge
    Buch (Taschenbuch)
    8,99
  • 72509749
    World of Warcraft Chronicle, Volume 3
    von Blizzard Entertainment
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    26,99
  • 79917967
    Women & Power
    von Mary Beard
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    7,99
  • 42214758
    The Culture Map
    von Erin Meyer
    Buch (Taschenbuch)
    11,99
  • 38904361
    Sapiens
    von Yuval Noah Harari
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    23,99
  • 63161248
    The Last Black Unicorn
    von Tiffany Haddish
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    17,99
  • 14365427
    Chanel: Collections and Creations
    von Daniele Bott
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    26,99
  • 92032740
    Norse Mythology
    von Neil Gaiman
    Buch (Taschenbuch)
    8,99
  • 69708470
    Iris Apfel
    von Iris Apfel
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    23,99
  • 72660823
    The Sketchbook of Loish
    von Lois van Baarle
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    24,99
  • 74678272
    Bygone Badass Broads
    von Mackenzi Lee
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    14,99
  • 38782081
    One Direction: Who We are
    von One Direction
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    18,99
  • 60915294
    Secrets for the Mad
    von Dodie Clark
    Buch (Taschenbuch)
    12,99
  • 45796723
    Strong Is the New Pretty
    von Kate T. Parker
    Buch (Taschenbuch)
    12,99
  • 15392814
    Ways of Seeing
    von John Berger
    Buch (Taschenbuch)
    7,99
  • 52094445
    A Man and His Watch
    von Matthew Hranek
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    24,99
  • 46799789
    The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn
    von Paul Davies
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    27,99
  • 6916554
    Wall and Piece
    von Banksy
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    18,99
  • 41783448
    The Kinfolk Home
    von Nathan Williams
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    25,99
  • 71468219
    The Square and the Tower
    von Niall Ferguson
    Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
    15,99

Kundenbewertungen

Es wurden noch keine Bewertungen geschrieben.

Wird oft zusammen gekauft

Young Orson - Patrick McGilligan

Young Orson

von Patrick McGilligan

Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
26,99
+
=
The Inflatable Woman - Rachael Ball

The Inflatable Woman

von Rachael Ball

Buch (gebundene Ausgabe)
21,99
+
=

für

48,98

inkl. gesetzl. MwSt.

Alle kaufen