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The Road to Xanadu Paperback - 1997

by Simon Callow

In this first volume of his masterful, highly acclaimed biography, Simon Callow captures the genius of Orson Welles, revealing a life even more extraordinary than the myths that have surrounded it. "A splendidly entertaining, definitive work".--"Entertainment Weekly" . of photos.


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In this first installment of his masterful biography, Simon Callow captures the chameleonic genius of Orson Welles as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here is Welles’s prodigious childhood; his youth in New York, with its fraught partnership with John Houseman and the groundbreaking triumph of his all-black Macbeth; the pioneering radio work that culminated in the notorious 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds; and finally, his work in Hollywood, including an authoritative account of the making of Citizen Kane. Rich in detail and insight, this is far and away the definitive look at Orson Welles—a figure even more extraordinary than the myths that have surrounded him.

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"A splendidly entertaining, definitive work."--Entertainment Weekly In this first installment of his masterful biography, Simon Callow captures the chameleonic genius of Orson Welles as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here is Welles's prodigious childhood; his youth in New York, with its fraught partnership with John Houseman and the groundbreaking triumph of his all-black Macbeth; the pioneering radio work that culminated in the notorious 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds; and finally, his work in Hollywood, including an authoritative account of the making of Citizen Kane. Rich in detail and insight, this is far and away the definitive look at Orson Welles--a figure even more extraordinary than the myths that have surrounded him.

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  • Title The Road to Xanadu
  • Author Simon Callow
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Reprint
  • Pages 688
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Penguin Books, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Date February 1, 1997
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780140254563 / 0140254560
  • Weight 1.36 lbs (0.62 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.48 x 5.54 x 1.48 in (21.54 x 14.07 x 3.76 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
  • Library of Congress subjects Actors - United States, Motion picture producers and directors -
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 95037138
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

Media reviews

This riveting, revealing portrait of the legendary director and star is æunlikely to be surpassed.æ (Los Angeles Times Book Review) A wonderfully readable, sharp, shrewd and evenhanded biography... Callow is a witty and feeling biographer. (Chicago Tribune) Callow is in control all the way. (The New York Times Book Review, front page)"

Citations

  • New York Times, 05/25/1997, Page 24
  • New Yorker (The), 12/07/2015, Page 72

About the author

Simon Callow is an actor, director, and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. His other books include Orson Welles: Hello Americans, Orson Welles: One-Man Band, Shooting the Actor, and Being an Actor.
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