Bill Marx is the last living person to have worked
professionally with the three Marx Brothers: his uncles, Chico and Groucho, and
his father, Harpo Marx. Because Chico and Groucho had children that had written
about them, Bill Marx wanted to complete the Marx Brothers’ literary trifecta
by authoring a book about the personal and professional relationships that he
had with his father. Son of Harpo Speaks!,
in addition to offering a unique perspective of a very special man and
revealing many stories never before in print, is also a book about a
“too-Hollywood-to-believe” life-altering quirk of fate that ultimately brought
him together with his parents.
The background for this remarkable revelation unfolded
unassumingly over a glass of wine and some conversation in the famous 1960s
nightclub, Dino’s Lodge, on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. It would subsequently
lead the author to explore the complex life task of dealing with his emotional
scars of rejection and the secure feelings of acceptance, the latter due to his
overwhelmingly good fortune of having been adopted by two loving parents.
Plenty of “show-biz” and “sizzle” are also sprinkled throughout to make for a
very enjoyable read.
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