by Reeves, May, and Claire Goll; translation, editing and introduction by Constance Brown Kuriyama
Jefferson NC/London: McFarland & Company, Inc.. Near Fine. (c.2001). 1st English-language edition. Hardcover. 0-7864-0735-2 . (no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, faint external wear only]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Translation of a book first published in France in 1935 (as "Charlie Chaplin intime"), described in the introduction as "the most vivid and revealing account of a close personal relationship with Chaplin ever published." Although there had been a few other memoirs (including those by Charles Chaplin Jr., his mother, Lita Grey Chaplin, and his co-star in THE GOLD RUSH, Georgia Hale), "none offers such a meticulously detailed record of daily life with Chaplin as Reeves, or one written so soon after the events it records." (Reeves met Chaplin on the French Riviera in 1933, and "lived in intimate daily contact with [him] for approximately a year.) Her book (again quoting the introduction) "is particularly valuable for the insight it offers into Chaplin's personality, as well as into the intricate connection between his personality and his art." This volume also includes an excerpt from another highly-regarded (but until now untranslated) French book about Chaplin, "The Truth About Charlie Chaplin: His Life, His Loves, His Disappointments," written by Carlyle T. Robinson in 1933. Notes, bibliography, index. . (Inventory #: 23276)
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