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Download W. C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Lewis Taylor Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The life of W.C. Fields is a striking endorsement of Shakespeare's thought, 'Sweet are the uses of adversity'. From infancy, Fields found life laborious sledding, and he took extraordinary measures to triumph over all. Nobody in our recent history absorbed such a buffeting as a child and emerged so relentlessly successful in after life. By the time of his death, on Christmas Day in 1946, he was widely acknowledged to have become the greatest comic artist ever known. - from the book

Robert Lewis Taylor's masterly biography, first published in 1949 and long out of print, fully captures the perverse and cantankerous wit (and charm) of the great man, his films, and the exceptional life he led, all from his uniquely jaundiced perspective.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Evan | 10/16/2013

    " Fields aficionados like to bash this book for bending the facts and at the same time not-so-secretly enjoying the shit out of it. It's the most fun of all the Fields bios, and for a long time it was the only show in town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy | 7/15/2013

    " Pretty good bio on Fields that touches on his vaudeville years as much as the legendary comedies that made him a star. Seems like Fields was always "on", making jokes about mogo on the gogogo to his doctor after being diagnosed with TB. His life was one big drunken comedy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony | 5/8/2013

    " It didn't really bother me that some of the stories in this book might be exaggerated,or even made up, I still found it a very interesting read, although I still don't know whether I like the guy or not, he was a mass of contradictions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by captain america | 4/3/2013

    " entertaining but the author took as fact every tall tale fields ever told about his life, which were in fact every tale fields ever told about his life. "

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