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  1. I can only pray that the copyediting was improved in later editions, because that was the sloppiest work I've ever seen.As to the content I can see why this biography is popular with a certain kind of Welles fan. Brady acknowledges Welles' faults, but the text sometimes borders on the sycophantic. Countless fawning descriptions of Welles' admittedly remarkable voice litter the discussion of his radio work. Reports of negative reviews are always immediately tempered with direct quotes of whatever [...]

  2. - prolly the best Welles biography out there: just the facts, very few remarks on Welles' movies (McBride) or on his inner demons (Callow) or his sex life (Leaming)

  3. Great read for beginners to WellesA good biography for all those looking to learn the general expanse of the life of Orson Welles. Not as comprehensive as say Simon Callow's 3 volume biography but still does a.fantastic job detailing Welles' life.

  4. While it contains some errors and misapprehensions (pointed out succinctly in Rosenbaum's "Discovering Orson Welles," overall the book seems even-handed and shies away from Welles' personal life. I'd have preferred more citing of sources, but overall a satisfying overview of his life and work.

  5. One of the best bios I've ever read. The Steven Spielberg/Rosebud/Wife/Welles Play story is heartbreaking and revealing. An under-appreciated man.

  6. This year is the centenary of Orson Welles, born in 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. To honor this I looked for a good biography of the man, who lived a life that almost seems too incredible to be true. I found the right one with Frank Brady's Citizen Welles, originally published in 1989. It covers the life of Welles from soup to nuts, from his early years as a child prodigy, to his astounding successes as a young man in the theater and then radio, to his making the greatest movie ever to come out of [...]

  7. Another biography of the great Orson Welles. Unlike "Young Orson" by Patrick McGilligan which mainly went up to 1940 this one covers his entire life from his birth in Kenosha, Wisconsin up to his last day on which he appeared on the Merv Griffin show. Both are well worth reading for fans of cinema history.

  8. Started reading this but couldn't get more than twenty pages into it. Too full of "child prodigy" bull, slick biographical prose and outlandish, obviously untrue anecdotes. I'll come back and skim it, but it seems thin on facts.

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