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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author

He was the very first icon of the silver screen, and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, even a hundred years on from his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? The director holding the camera as well as acting in front of it? Peter Ackroyd's new biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here, from the glamour of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Chatto & Windus, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 070116994X, 9780701169947
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm
Subject: Motion picture actors and actresses United States Biography.; Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977.; Biography.

Author note

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellersLondon: The BiographyandThames: Sacred Riveras well as biographies of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Wilkie Collins, Thomas More and, most recently, Charlie Chaplin.He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.


"Haunting... Brilliant and unsparing"
Guardian||"Compact, engrossing, intelligent"
Sunday Times||"Chaplin's rise makes an enthralling story, and it's one perfectly suited to Peter Ackroyd's prodigious and idiosyncratic talents... Ackroyd acknowledges Chaplin's many human failings, while at the same time giving us a vivid sense of what made the man a genius"
The Telegraph||"A beautifully judged book, driven by a powerful sense of life's sadness"
Mail on Sunday||"[A] fine biography. The luxury of a short book about a vast life cannot be overestimated"
Financial Times||"Ackroyd has turned in the best account of Chaplin's formation beneath the teetering chimney stacks of Victorian London, fragrant with the odours of dung, smoke and beer... Ackroyd is just the man to puncture the whoppers with which Chaplin embroidered his past, without being too much of a scold"
New Statesman||"Ackroyd brings a novelist's as well as a biographer's eye to the story of a man who "seemed to epitomise the human condition itself, flawed and frail and funny""
Independent||"Ackroyd digs deeply at the roots of a man who was a century ago the most famous person on the planet... bringing vividly to life the dark Victorian streets of south London"
Daily Express||"This biography is like the wedge the Little Tramp liberates from beneath a docked ocean liner inModern Times: it starts a thing of unstoppable momentum"
Monocle||"Perceptive and judicious"
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