The Bogarde Letters
Edited by John Coldstream
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Ever, Dirk by John Coldstream
Book DescriptionThe success of John Coldstream's bestselling biography of Dirk Bogarde demonstrates that the interest in one of Britain's leading actors, memoirists and novelists does not diminish, even though it is a decade since his death. Bogarde was a secretive man, who destroyed many of his own papers and diaries. Fortunately, the recipients of his letters treasured them, enabling John Coldstream to bring together this fascinating collection of hitherto unpublished material. Bogarde wrote to each correspondent according to the nature of the friendship, but invariably he was frank, gossipy, funny and often malicious. The joy of writing, particularly as he grew older and chose to live in France, was never far away. The letters display the qualities familiar to those who knew the private Bogarde: acute observation, laser-like intelligence, impatience with the foolish, compassion for the needy, a relish for the witty metaphor, and a catastrophic disdain for correct spelling and punctuation. Above all, to read his letters is to hear him talk, and no coversation with Dirk Bogarde was dull. Recipients included the film director Joseph Losey, Bogarde's first publisher Norah Smallwood, the film critic Dilys Powell, and the novelist Penelope Mortimer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780297852414
(248mm x 171mm x 46mm)
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Coldstream
Victim, Paperback (July 2011)» View all books by John Coldstream
Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the film's release, John Coldstream's study of 'Victim' (1961) addresses the film's importance in the campaign to decriminalise homosexuality, the contribution of its stars Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms to its emotional impact, and the risk Bogarde took in taking on the central role.
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Author Biography - John Coldstream
John Coldstream was on the staff of the two Telegraphs (Sunday and Daily) for 17 years starting on the 'Peterborough' column and then working as deputy literary editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph before becoming Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph in 1992. His first book, DIRK BOGARDE: the authorised biography, was acclaimed on its publication in 2004
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