A Quite Remarkable Father: A Biography of Leslie Howard by His Daughter by Leslie Ruth Howard soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd impression. [First Edition: 1960] Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: It is sixteen years since Leslie Howards tragic death, and in that time his name has become a legend.
This biography, written by his daughter, whose relationship with her father was very close, brings the personality of Leslie Howard vividly back to life. It tells the story not merely of a stage and screen idol, gifted with unusual charm and good looks, but of an actor of consummate talent and skill. He is presented as a complete person: a man with foibles and some failings, but one who always inspired deep affection, and who was, above all, devoted to his family and rooted in his home life.
Besides describing in delightful detail the daily life of the Howards, either at their house, Stowe Maries, in Surrey, or in America, with their horses and dogs and their ordinary family activities, the book recounts, with no less care, the progress of Leslie Howards career. We see him first as an unhappy clerk in a bank, delightedly escaping to fight in the 1914 War, meeting his wife, Ruth, and marrying in such a rush before embarkation that he forgot to buy a ring. Then, after the war, came his rapid progress very much to his own surprise from being a young playwright and producer of local dramatics, to being a highly praised male lead, and finally one of the finest actors in England and America, the most admired and feted star on either side of the Atlantic.
All his well-remembered parts are discussed in this book, and the reader is given not the conventional box-office and press-report descriptions but the real details of success or disappointment, as they were known to the actors and producers themselves; they are all here Outward Bound, The Green Hat, Her Cardboard Lover, Escape, Berkeley Square, By Candle-Light, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Petrified Forest, Hamlet, Pygmalion, Gone with the Wind, and many others.
The story of Leslie Howards career is not only dazzling in itself, it is a very large part of the stage and screen history of the twenties and thirties. Perhaps the biggest part that he played, throughout those twenty wonderful years, was in enhancing the reputation of English and American films.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 280 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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