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In This Now Classic Biography Of America S Great Funnyman, First Published In , Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Robert Lewis Taylor Captures The Cantankerous Charm That Has Made Fields Revered By Generations Of Helplessly Laughing ViewersPages Of Photos Author Taylor Confronts The Comic Genius With Both Humor And Pathos

10 thoughts on “W.C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes

  1. says:

    Fields aficionados like to bash this book for bending the facts and at the same time not so secretly enjoying the shit out of it It s the most fun of all the Fields bios, and for a long time it was the only show in town.

  2. says:

    A good book to read in the waiting room of a clinica well written and humorous as it should be bio of the comic genius William Claude Dukinfield April 9, 1879 December 25, 1946 I didn t know much about W.C and I found his life to be simply amazing and somewhat sad As a child, he became fascinated with juggling and began practicing with lemons and oranges taken from his father s vegetable and fruit cart Being an extremely independent minded child, he was at war with all authority, especially his father Finally, at the age of 11, little Billy ran away from home never to return He was able to live on the streets by his wits okay, by stealing Then he was able to find various jobs as he grew older, such as at a circus, where he took care of the elephants and not getting along any better with elephants than he did with dogs He was able to break into vaudeville as a juggler but it wasn t just juggling, as he made it into an uproarious comedy act He became popular enough to do a European tour and he would become an international star Of course, we think of him as the star of great comedy movies He got into the movies, becoming a success working for Mack Sennett in the silent pictures In the last stage of his life, he did his greatest films, such as My Little Chickadee with Mae West and The Bank Dick Now why did I find this incredible life to be a sad one Because his life was fueled by alcohol He especially liked his martinis In the end, drink finished him, as he died at the age of 67 Most of the book consists of anecdotes about the man and his friends, women, Hollywood life, money and his stinginess, golf he was an expert golfer , animals , and so on Ironically, he passed away on the day that he pretended to hate Christmas Day.

  3. says:

    Enter the time warp to 1949.A time when psychological disorders involving sadism and substance abuse were charming, if accompanied by a talent or two.A time when women were of little consequence, and dropping them and the unavoidable children was par for the course.A time when homelessness, starvation, child abuse, animal abuse, sadism, and runaways were considered great material for jokes.A time when African Americans were called coloreds , and Southern farmers were crackers If you can stomach all that, and you subscribe to the Woody Allen school of moral reasoning that men of great talent are entitled to live in their own moral universe , then you might enjoy this eulogy to W C Fields, an excruciatingly psychologically disturbed man.The author, clearly a buddy of Fields, collected together all the anecdotes told by Fields over the years usually exaggerated for humor, or invented altogether , and some anecdotes from the juggler comic s enabling buddies He downplays the bad parts, and tries to relay the stories in a jocular tone similar Fields.This recent reprint of the 1949 book would have benefited from a Foreword in which the story of this book and W C Fields was summarized, mentioning the facts as they are known today.This one is for die hard fans, and might appeal to an older crowd who might be less disturbed by the lack of modern enlightened thought I received a review copy of the book This is my honest review.

  4. says:

    Strongest when talking about his childhood and early vaudeville days after W.C hits Hollywood, the book devolves into a series of loosely related anecdotes But they are pretty damn good anecdotes, such as the miniature bar Fields had installed under the soap dish in his shower so he could drink away from the watchful eyes of his personal trainer.

  5. says:

    Pretty good bio on Fields that touches on his vaudeville years as much as the legendary comedies that made him a star Seems like Fields was always on , making jokes about mogo on the gogogo to his doctor after being diagnosed with TB His life was one big drunken comedy

  6. says:

    Worth reading only because I was curious about him personally It worked for me but I came out of it not believing a lot of what was written due to his general dishonesty.

  7. says:

    W.C Fields His Follies and Fortunes by Robert Lewis Taylor is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.First published in 1949 not too long after Fields death on December 25th, 1946 , this book is presented somewhat out of order chronologically and is a mix between anecdotes, screenplays, and what his contemporaries have said about him Fields personal spoken anecdotes have been translated perfectly into text maybe a little too perfectly with a tremendous amount of detail while Lewis Taylor s assumptions and conclusions are much abrupt and compact in nature.

  8. says:

    Written a ways back 1951, 10ish year after Fields death Not at all in an academic style like a sequence of magazine articles Supposedly not all that accurate depended on Fields own stories too much, or something But quite entertaining I did not know that he was such an accomplished juggler He was just the right age born in 1880 for Vaudeville, and then just the right age for the early talkies.Really 4.5.

  9. says:

    What an amazing life and character Fields was so much than the Hollywood image and pop culture icon he became This is the first bio written after Fields death and as such may not be as honest as later entries lots of anecdotes are reported as factual when they may have been than a little exaggerated , but it also benefits from that very immediacy The author was writing as a contemporary of the man instead of a revisionist biographer.

  10. says:

    It didn t really bother me that some of the stories in this book might be exaggerated,or even made up, I still found it a very interesting read, although I still don t know whether I like the guy or not, he was a mass of contradictions.