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W. C. Fields from Burlesque and Vaudeville to Broadway: Becoming a Comedian Arthur Frank Wertheim

W. C. Fields from Burlesque and Vaudeville to Broadway: Becoming a Comedian

Arthur Frank Wertheim

Published December 17th 2014
ISBN : 9781137300669
Hardcover
292 pages
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 About the Book 

A virtuoso comedian, W. C. Fields is often called a comic genius and legendary iconoclast who gave the gift of laughter to multitudes during his epoch and left a legacy of humor for future generations. Using the newly opened W. C. Fields Papers atMoreA virtuoso comedian, W. C. Fields is often called a comic genius and legendary iconoclast who gave the gift of laughter to multitudes during his epoch and left a legacy of humor for future generations. Using the newly opened W. C. Fields Papers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library, this groundbreaking book explores how he became a comedian during his lesser known stage career from 1898 to 1930 - years of hardship and exaltation -that had a major influence on his comedy and characterizations in his films. The volume also uncovers new knowledge about Fieldss traumatic private life and complex personality, revealing an aggrieved artist whose emotional anguish found refuge in his poignant comedy about lifes frustrations and the human condition.