(Applause Books). This startling, intimate biography of James Stewart frankly reveals with new facts and discoveries a fully dimensional view of this revered figure and consummate American icon. Shrewd, self-protective, financially astute, the James Stewart that Mr. Quirk uncovers was no bumbling naive Mr. Smith, but a Man of the World.
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With the recent death of actor-icon Stewart, it's not surprising that another biography has been published (three others have appeared in the last four years, including Gary Fishgall's Pieces of Time, LJ 10/1/97). This one purports to show the two sides of Stewart? his responsible, upright Ideal American side vs. his artistic, more "human" side. However, the truth is that despite rumors of bisexuality, there really wasn't much about Stewart's life that was very surprising or scandalous. He didn't marry until 41, but when he did he stayed married. He was a family man and a war hero. He seemed well-liked by those who knew and worked with him. Still, prolific celebrity biographer Quirk has done a good job of chronicling Stewart's life, and his discussion of Stewart's films is especially good. If your patrons like their celebrity biographies juicy and revealing, this one won't satisfy them; recommended if you didn't buy one of the other recent biographies or if demand warrants.? Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.
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