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Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
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W. C. Fields from Sound Film and Radio Comedy to Stardom

Becoming a Cultural Icon

Authors: Wertheim, Arthur Frank

  • Completes the first biography to use the recently opened W.C. Papers at the Film Academy in Beverly Hills
  • Describes both Fields's private life and showbusiness career and how they intertwined
  • Explores how Fields became a cultural icon in the 1960s and 1970s
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47329-5
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About this book

W. C. Fields is known as a virtuoso comedian and legendary iconoclast who gave the gift of laughter to multitudes. As the first author to use the newly-opened Fields Papers at the Academy library, Arthur Frank Wertheim illuminates the comedian’s arduous ascent to stardom during Hollywood's golden age. The book reveals details of Fields’s turbulent private life, from his wife's refusal to divorce, to his estranged son, and to his fleeting relationships with women. Here is a portrait of an aggrieved artist whose emotional anguish found refuge in his poignant comedy about life’s frustrations and the human condition. This third volume in Wertheim's trilogy documents Fields's rise to iconic status during the counterculture 1960s, creating a legacy of his comedy for generations to come.

About the authors

Arthur Frank Wertheim is the author of the first two volumes in the W.C. Fields trilogy illuminating the comedian’s life and career: W. C. Fields from Burlesque and Vaudeville to Broadway (Palgrave, 2014) and W.C. Fields from the Ziegfeld Follies and Broadway Stage to the Screen (Palgrave, 2016).

Buy this book

Hardcover 77,99 €
109,19 € (listprice)
price for Spain (gross)
valid through December 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47329-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
W. C. Fields from Sound Film and Radio Comedy to Stardom
Book Subtitle
Becoming a Cultural Icon
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47329-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLII, 428
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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