Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe

By: Ross, Nathaniel Lester

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[spine turned, faint foxing to top edge, tiny stain on fore-edge, no other significant wear; jacket heavily foxed internally and along edges of jacket flaps, but the exterior shows only moderate wear, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Despite being (apparently) self-published, this is a well-researched and reasonably well-written biography of the "Man of a Thousand Faces," although it was eclipsed by Michael Blake's excellent (and better-produced) book on Chaney, published just a few years later. Interestingly, in his Introduction the author takes some rather pointed jabs at "a group of enterprising young gentlemen [who] got together to produce a magazine devoted to horror motion pictures," and (in his opinion) essentially defamed the memory of Chaney by dubbing him "Mister Monster" and improperly emphasizing his horror-film roles and persona above all other aspects of his life and career. (This is a pretty clear reference to Forrest J Ackerman and his "Famous Monsters of Filmland," and the author returns to grind that axe a little more in the closing pages of the book, complaining that "the man who had never really played a monster in his career" had been turned into a horror-film cult figure by "the collectors and their panderers.") Includes filmography, bibliography, index. [Note the peculiarity of the dating: 1987 appears on the title page, but "Copyright 1981, 1988" on the copyright page.]

Title: Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe

Author: Ross, Nathaniel Lester

Categories: Cinema: Biography,

Edition: Unstated edition

Publisher: [n.p.], Quality RJ: 1987 (c.1981, 1988)

ISBN Number: NO

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Good dj

Seller ID: 20291

Keywords: Lon Chaney Horror Films Silent Films Actors Biography