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In My Father's Shadow: A daughter remembers Orson Welles
by misty442 (misty442)
at January 10th, 2010 (12:11 am)

current mood: cold

Hello, fellow Wellesians!

I was wondering...has anyone read the autobiography of Orson Welles' daughter, Chris Feder? It is getting rave reviews from Welles fans.  So, can anyone share reviews, scans of photos in the book, ext.... I would like to know if it is worth reading, because I hate the majority of the major Welles books out there, particularly Callow's first volume and the David Thomson book. Thanks!


Posted by: almost certainly thinking about William Shatner (my_daroga)
Posted at: January 10th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)

I just got the book for Christmas, but haven't read it yet. I'll see what I can do about scanning, and let you all know what I think when I get a chance to read it.

Funny--I've avoided Callow's book for ages, but now I'm really enjoying it. Though reading just the flap on Thomson's makes me ill.

Out of curiosity, what books do you like? Brady?

Posted by: misty442 (misty442)
Posted at: January 10th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)

Thanks! Well, I like Jonathan Rosenbaum's book and I love This is Orson Welles. The Leaming book was pretty good, but it is not the best. Callow's second volume is MUCH better than the first... it was more enjoyable...which volume are you reading?

Posted by: almost certainly thinking about William Shatner (my_daroga)
Posted at: January 10th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)

Oh, I love Rosenbaum and his reviews of the others' books are very useful. I recommend Brady, too, though Leaming has a lot of self-reported inaccuracies.

I'm on the first--but I'm still in Ireland. He editorializes a lot, but I can tell when he's doing it, and the writing style is a lot better than most biographies I've read. I'd avoided him, like I said, because I'd seen him in documentaries where he just seemed to be slamming Welles mercilessly--but reading him, I get more of a balanced impression.

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