By Alistair Cooke
In the course of his broadcasting profession Alistair Cooke met and knew many of the 20th century's such a lot attention-grabbing and mythical figures, in journalism, politics, public lifestyles, activity and movie. this can be his hugely own and revealing account of six striking males who crossed Cooke's course in the course of his lifetime and who, every one of their personal approach, made an enduring influence on him. listed here are candid snap shots of the cute but unreliable Charlie Chaplin, who, while requested to be Cooke's top guy, mysteriously vanished at the day; the advanced and personal guy in the back of Humphrey Bogart's tricky man photograph; and the fascinating but childlike 'golden boy' Edward VIII. Cooke additionally recollects his pal and mentor, the incorrect contrarian and satirist H.L. Mencken, the larger-than-life liberal flesh presser Adlai Stevenson and the heroic social reformer Bertrand Russell. each one fantastically learned portrait supplies us an perception right into a golden age of 'great men', and is a masterpiece of remark, heat and humour.
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And George G. Harrap & Company Ltd. Brief excerpts from The Later Ego by James Agate, edited by Jacques Barzun. Copyright 1951 by Crown Publishers Inc. J. B. Lippincott Company and George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd. Brief excerpts from Edward VIII by Frances Donaldson. Copyright © 1974, 1975 by Frances Donaldson. Little, Brown and Company in association with The Atlantic Monthly Press and George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Poem entitled ‘To Edith’ reprinted from The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872–1914.
I came down one morning, very glum, a bear, and I looked at the automobile and it hit me: a slamming door? All that happened in the end was that the tramp approached the girl, and as he did so an automobile braked against the sidewalk. Its occupant walked rapidly to the park railings beside the girl. The tramp bought a flower and tendered his last dollar bill. While he was waiting for his change, and she was feeling for it, the smart steps retreated to the car, she heard the door slam and the purr of a luxurious engine.
Not from the interviewer’s ill-will, but because a ‘profile’ of anybody’s character has to be so selective of obvious traits and passing impressions as to create not so much a false image as a synthetic original. It is, indeed, with such slick confections that politicians and movie and television stars have to come to terms. I have tried to bear these things in mind. But Begbie is right. Famous men and women, by the act of putting themselves on display, whether as politicians, actors, writers, painters, musicians, restaurateurs or whatever, invite public appraisal.