The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx

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Random House, Inc.
This definitive biography of one of the world’s greatest comedians unflinchingly yet affectionately uncovers the man behind the cigar.

Here is the amazing career of the man the world recognized as Groucho: the improbable disasters of the vaudeville years; the Marx Brothers, an act so funny W.C. Fields refused to follow it; the unprecedented Broadway success of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers; the cinematic triumphs of Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera; and the marvelous come-back career as king of the game show hosts with You Bet Your Life. Here, too, is the man himself: a lonely middle child who aspired to be a doctor; a man who sabotaged three marriages; a father alternately indulgent and cruel. Intelligent and thorough, hilarious and sad, Groucho is a spectacular biography of the century’s most influential comedian.

Baker & Taylor
A candid portrait of the twentieth century's most memorable comedian traces Groucho's rise to stardom; his famous ego; and his relationships with wives, mistresses, and children.

& Taylor

A candid portrait of the century's most memorable comedian traces Groucho Marx's rise to stardom; his famous ego; his relationships with wives, mistresses, and children; and much more. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375702075
Branch Call Number: B MARX GROUCHO
Characteristics: 465 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Aug 24, 2012

groucho was great but this book isn't. i knowhe and his brothers had a life before vaudeville and movies but it goes on for far longer than it should have.

Jan 19, 2011

A hard look at a painfully funny, painfully unpleasant man. Woe to any woman who crossed paths with Groucho. Three wives and two daughters, all who had to battle demons - one of which was Groucho. He seemed to be fine with most of the men he came in contact with (excepting his own son), but had painfully complicated relationships with the women. The best parts are those with his brothers - I'd prefer to read a compendium of their skits, honestly. Reading this just made me sad for those who came in contact with them - except Harpo, who comes off here as a genuinely nice and intelligent, if poorly educated man.


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